145th Session


Programme: October 2018 – July 2019


President: Mr Feras Naaisa, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Southmead Hospital


Wednesday 10th October 2018

Annual General Meeting 

Presidential Address

Mr Feras Naaisa, FRCOG, Consultant Gynaecologist 

“The abnormally invasive placenta”


Wednesday 14th November 2018

Dr Rajpal, Consultant Psychiatrist, MBBS, DPM, MRCPysch,

Post Grad Dip. (Mental Health Law)

 “Eye Movement Desensitisation”


Wednesday 12th December 2018 

Professor Stafford Lightman, MBBChir, Ph.D. (Cantab), FMedSci, FRCP

Professor of Medicine

“From the Mato Grosso to the glucocorticoid receptor – Dance and oscillations”




Wednesday 9th January 2019 

Professor Adam Finn, B.M., BCh.(Oxon), M.A. (Cantab), Ph.D.(Lond), FRCP

Professor of Paediatrics

“Influenza and other Vaccinations – The State of the Art”



Wednesday 13th February 2019

Professor Gianni Angelini, M.D. (Sienna), M.Ch. (Wales), FRCS (Glas), FETCS

BHF Professor of Cardiac Surgery and Director

“Mending the Broken Heart”

Professor Gianni Angelini spoke on February 13th about cardiac surgery: "Academic cardiac surgery the long winding road". His talk was well recieved and words like "great" were used with regard to it. Mr Feras Naaisa, President of the Society is seen here with Prof Angelini, with a token of the Society's appreciation. 


Wednesday 13th March 2019

The Long Fox Memorial Lecture

Professor David Nutt, DM, FRCP, FRCPsych, FSB, FMedSci

“How revising the drug laws would lead to a revolution in brain medicine”

David Nutt, a Bristolian, got his secondary education in Bristol Grammar School and went to Medical School in Downing College, Cambridge and Guy's Hospital, London. He was previously an academic in Bristol, running the Psychopharmacology Unit. Presently, he is the Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London. He is sure to deliver an interesting lecture as he is no stranger to controversy. In 2007, because of his published work  in the Lancet on the actual harm caused by drugs, he was dismissed from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. Perhaps he will tell us of the progress with his design of "alcosynth", a recreational drug which has same effect as alcohol but does less physical harm. 







Wednesday 10th April 2019

Dr Niall Moore

Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, North Somerset (AWP)

"Adventures in Albania - trafficking Hope!"

On April 10th, at the Engineers’ House, Dr Niall Moore took us through an amazing medley of his experiences of working in Albania – from radioactive courgettes to driving a land Rover full of mobility assistance equipment across England to be shipped to Albania. His inspiring experiences were echoed by many in the audience and there was an active post-talk discussion about his encounters.

Wednesday 8th May 2019

Professor John Collinge UCL, MRCP, FRCP, MD, MB.ChB, BSc Hons

Professor of Neurology

“Prion Research: Mad Cow Disease and Beyond”



Wednesday 12th June 2019

Mr Sanjay Vyas, MD FRCOG, Consultant Gynaecologist

“Improving surgical training”



Wed 10th July 2019

Med-Chi Summer Party (venue: TBC) A summer garden party with Dr Jazz



Venue: All meetings are at Engineer's House, The Promenade, Clifton unless otherwise advised below.  Meal bookings:   Please telephone Sam Walker on 07508 792578 or email admin@bristolmedchi.co.uk (you can use the Contact Us page if you wish: see the bottom of this page) 







Consultants and general practitioners are encouraged to bring their junior colleagues.


Medical and other health students are especially welcome.



The Society gratefully acknowledges the assistance of  the University of Bristol, the John Farndon Memorial Fund, Joyce Oliver Wealth Management,, the Wesleyan Assurance Society, Dr Jazz Charitable Funds and Deepbridge Capital