Med-Chi Zoom Meeting : Public Health is more than infectious disease

Thursday 19th November 2020Medico chirurgical society crest
Via Zoom Meeting at 7.00 pm
Non members welcome

Speaker: Professor Elizabeth Russell

The winner of the 2020 President’s Medal, Professor Elizabeth Russell, will give a lecture to mark the occasion of her presentation with the medal.

Professor Elizabeth Russell, CBE FRSE, was Professor of Social Medicine at the University of Aberdeen until 2001 and, over three decades, played a leading role in the development of public health and health services research. She was the first woman professor in the Faculty of Medicine.

Professor Russell was Medical Director of the project in 1974 that led to the establishment of the University’s Health Economics Research Unit. Professor Russell also created and became Co-Director of the Health Services Research Unit in 1987. These Units have been instrumental in creating and developing “evidence-based medicine”. In 1987 she set up the first B.Sc. in Health Sciences in the University. She continues to contribute to research in public health issues in Scotland.

Professor Russell made a significant contribution to research ethics, and confidentiality and privacy of patient data and so the research prize for the Master of Public Health project was dedicated in her name.

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Follow this link for more information on the Medical Chirurigical Society’s current programme.

Med-Chi Zoom Meeting : Medicine, Evidence and Life

Thursday 5th November 2020Medico chirurgical society crest
Via Zoom Meeting at 7.00 pm

Speaker: Dr Margaret McCartney

Dr Margaret McCartney is a GP in Glasgow, and a freelance writer, broadcaster, and author of three popular science books, The Patient Paradox, The State of Medicine and Living with Dying. She regularly writes articles for the Guardian, and currently contributes to the BBC Radio 4 programme, Inside Health.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr McCartney contributed content to academic journals and broadcasting platforms, her personal blog and  social media to inform the public and dispel myths about coronavirus disease.

From 2020, she will be a CSO career researcher, and she is an honorary fellow at the Centre for Evidence Based medicine in Oxford.

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Do you have a paper accepted for publication? Are you unsure about how to comply with REF2021 requirements? Unsure about Green and Gold Open Access?
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  • We will deposit the accepted manuscript into Pure/AURA, making sure that we comply with both the REF and any publisher embargo policies.
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Most journals offer a REF compliant Green Open Access route, meaning that they allow the accepted manuscript to be deposited in the institutional repository. This can be checked at Sherpa Romeo or library staff can help.
If you have been funded by UKRI or Wellcome and you wish to publish in a fully open access journal then contact who can check to see if we have funds available to pay the Article Processing Charge.
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University of Aberdeen
October 2020

BMJ COVID-19 resources to support healthcare professionals

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The BMJ has created a COVID-19 hub to support healthcare professionals with the latest developments and thinking on coronavirus to help clinicians respond to what is a rapidly evolving situation. All resources are freely available and updated daily.

Latest guidance from BMJ Best Practice


Modules on BMJ Learning

There is a dedicated hub on BMJ Learning with modules for COVID-19 treatment, fast-tracked students, return to practice and wellbeing.


Most read from BMJ Journals




#properPPE campaign

The BMJ’s #properPPE campaign is calling for healthcare workers on the front line to be given the appropriate level of personal protective equipment.

“For healthcare staff on the frontline of the covid-19 pandemic, work has suddenly become a frightening place” says The BMJ’s editor in chief, Fiona Godlee.

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Embase Database Reload Complete

Embase for Ovid logoThe Embase (EMED) database reload is now complete and Embase is reloaded with the Emtree 2020.01 Thesaurus Tool. You can find information about the changes in the reload news section of the database guide:

Please note that Elsevier is expanding Emtree to cover Coronavirus-related vocabulary. You can retrieve results for these records with the following search for Embase on Ovid:
(coronavirus disease 2019 or severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2).sh,dj

In addition to the work for Ovid MEDLINE,  the Covid-19 limit for Embase has now been implemented and can be used on both databases. The exact search syntax for this limit is documented in the Embase database guide under “Special Ovid filters for Embase”: 

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RefWorks downtime Sunday 10th May 3.00 am

RefWorks legacy logoTo allow RefWorks to more fully leverage the security, scalability, and support of the Ex Libris Cloud infrastructure, the team are continuing to move the RefWorks data center to a new server. The required work began in December and will be completed in May.

An additional downtime will take place on May 10, 2020. RefWorks is expecting a down time of up to 12 hours for both legacy RefWorks and (new) RefWorks. This is being communicated to all users through the in-app announcement feature.

Important notification:

Down Time for: Legacy RefWorks and (new) RefWorks; RefWorks Citation Manager and Write-n-Cite will be unavailable as well.

When: Starting 3.00 am Sunday, May 10, 2020 GMT, and for up to 12 hours.

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Med-Chi Lecture : for Those in Peril on the Sea

Thursday 5th March 2020Medico chirurgical society crest
Med-Chi Hall
Polwarth Building
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Prof Sir Lewis Ritchie, Prof of General Practice

Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie worked as a GP and medical researcher.  He is the James Mackenzie Professor of General Practice at the University of Aberdeen and holds honorary professorships at the University of Edinburgh and the University of the Highlands and Islands.  He has a long record of contributing to the NHS in Scotland including Director of Public Health NHS Grampian (2012 – 2014), Principal General Practitioner Health Centre and Community Hospital (1984 – 2012) and chair of a number of national advisory committees to the Scottish Government, including the Independent Review of Primary Care Out-of-Hours Services in Scotland in 2015.  Sir Lewis has received a number of national and international professor awards and was knighted in 2011 for services to the NHS in Scotland.

Sir Lewis will talk about the care needs of communities throughout Scotland and supporting colleagues in often difficult circumstances to give of their best.

All are welcome to this talk. A finger buffet and tea or coffee are available from 6:30 pm.

Directions to the Med-Chi Hall in the Polwarth Building on the Foresterhill Campus are available here (map).

Med-Chi Lecture : Aberdeen’s Contribution to the Genetic Revolution

Thursday 20th February 2020Medico chirurgical society crest
Med-Chi Hall
Polwarth Building
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm

President’s Medal Lecture 2019/20

Professor Neva Haites OBE, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Genetics, University of Aberdeen

Neva Haites was born in Brisbane and obtained a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Queensland before moving to Aberdeen where she did her medical degree and training.

She is Emeritus Professor of Medical Genetics and is a retired Honorary Consultant Clinical Geneticist at NHS Grampian.  As a Clinical Geneticist she saw among other referrals, individuals and families with a history of cancer and provided counselling, genetic testing and services for surveillance where appropriate.

Prof. Neva HaitesShe has a special interest in inherited predisposition to cancer and chaired the Cancer Genetics Sub-Group of the Scottish Cancer Group. Professor Haites has been Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Life Science and Medicine and Vice Principal for Development at the University of Aberdeen.

Until recently, she was Vice President for Life Sciences at The Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Her external roles include being a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and the Chief Scientist Committee of the Scottish Government, and Chair of the Biomedical and Therapeutics Research Committee. She has recently been a member of the Working Group of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics considering Genome Editing and human reproduction: social and ethical issues.

All are welcome to this talk. A finger buffet and tea or coffee are available from 6:30 pm.

Directions to the Med-Chi Hall in the Polwarth Building on the Foresterhill Campus are available here (map).