2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the UWA Medical School and to celebrate, the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series is showcasing the work of UWA medical alumni.
The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences was fortunate enough to welcome Professor John Eikelboom who spoke at the commemorative lecture in July to mark the significant milestone.
Over 120 staff, students and members of the community joined Professor Eikelboom in the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research to hear his talk on Oral anticoagulation: past, present and future, followed by celebratory refreshments.
Professor Eikelboom’s current research looks into the effectiveness and safety of antithrombotic therapies (namely aspirin) in patients with a high risk of cardiovascular disease.
However, with some patients resisting aspirin and suffering a recurring stroke or heart attack, John’s focus is on the cause of aspirin resistance and the development of diagnosis and treatment to overcome the problem.
Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Professor Wendy Erber, said it was wonderful to have Professor Eikelboom back at UWA to present this commemorative lecture.
“After originally graduating from the UWA Medical School in the late 80s, it’s fantastic that John joined us for this celebratory event.”
“John’s research has led the way for health practitioners due to the widespread use of aspirin which has very real implications for preventing the thousands of heart attacks and strokes that occur each year.”
Professor Eikelboom is the Associate Professor at the Department of Medicine, McMaster University, and haematologist in the Thrombosis Service, Hamilton General Hospital in Ontario, Canada.
“The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series has been a great success and it’s wonderful we’ve had so many alumni join us over the year to celebrate our 60th anniversary,” Professor Erber said.
The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series continues each month for the remainder of 2017.
Emily Stone (UWA Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences) (+61) 8 6457 7365