Tremor: A Biography of Parkinson’s Disease

With Professor Dorothy Porter

Tuesday 16 May 2017

5.30-7.30pm at Liverpool Medical Institution & Conference Centre, 114 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, L3 5SR

This year’s Frances Ivens annual lecture explores how and why transformations have taken place in the material, cultural and experiential history of Parkinson’s Disease from the time of its first description by James Parkinson as The Shaking Palsy in 1817.

This talk will also focus on the experiences of patients, and examines a range of creatively expressive patients, including Wilhelm von Humboldt, Mervyn Peake, John Betjeman and contemporary artists such as Johanne Vermette.

If you wish to attend the two-course dinner after the lecture, please book via the LMI Admin (£20 per person)

Visit for more information and to register your place.


Dr Tim O’Dempsey, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Dr O’Dempsey at Kenema Ebola Treatment Centre, Sierra Leone, July 2014

Wednesday 8 February, 5.30pm

The recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa exploited weak health systems and, as the epidemic spread, effectively paralysed the delivery of health services in the affected regions. Unprecedented in scale and impact, by the time the epidemic was declared over on 29th December 2015, more than 28,600 suspected, probable or confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), including 11,300 deaths, had been reported. The speaker will discuss the evolution of the epidemic and the role of local, national and international stakeholders, with particular reference to the epidemic in Sierra Leone.

Dr Tim O’Dempsey is Senior Clinical Lecturer in Tropical Medicine and Director of Studies for the DTM&H and Humanitarian Programmes at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Between July 2014 and December 2015, he was seconded from LSTM to assist in the Ebola epidemic response in Sierra Leone. He provided clinical care for patients with Ebola Virus Disease, advised the Government of Sierra Leone, DFID and various international NGOs and Foreign Medical Teams involved in the response and became the WHO Clinical Lead for the Ebola response in Sierra Leone.

Refreshments from 5.00 pm, talks begin at 5.30 pm, at the Liverpool Medical Institution (LMI), 114 Mount Pleasant, L3 5SR. Why not continue the discussions over an informal supper, including wine, £13.50 (students £8).

Places must be pre-booked, via


Hidden Stories of Medicine

Talks to be held at the LMI in the Lecture Theatre.
114 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool. L3 5SR. 0151 709 9125 Extension 1

Doors open 6.30pm
First talk 7-7.45pm
Second talk 7.55-8.40pm
Refreshments in the Gallery 8.45-9.15pm

These talks are free of charge and open to everyone

Monday 17 October 2016

Helen McKay – 208 Field Hospital (Liverpool). The secret life of Dr James Barry 1795 – 1865

His death lead to a cover-up by the establishment for over 100 years. Born into a family of revolutionaries, he was a passionate and flamboyant doctor who became the Inspector General of Army Medical Services, but he had a secret …

Paul Dufton – Cleanliness is next to Godliness – 19th Century soap advertising with reference to Pears Soap

Wednesday 23 November

Meg Parkes – The Art of Survival: the role of medical illustration in interpreting WWII Far East captivity

Graham Kyle –Mr T W Davies, Surgeon to the Liverpool Coroner in the 1820s
A Doctor with an interesting career, including involvement in a case of body smuggling (for dissection in Edinburgh) and a spell in the Debtors’ section of Lancaster Gaol …

These talks are free to attend.