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Dame Sally Davies gives the inaugural Elizabeth Blackwell Public Lecture

Dame Sally Davies giving the inaugural Elizabeth Blackwell Public Lecture

Dame Sally Davies receives a commemorative inaugural Elizabeth Blackwell Public Lecture plate from Professor Jeremy Tavaré

19 January 2015

Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer for England, visited Bristol on 26 November 2014 to meet researchers who are helping to combat key public health issues and to officially launch a new partnership established to improve health and healthcare across the West.

Learn more about the day from the news story.  

As part of her visit, Dame Sally gave the inaugural Elizabeth Blackwell Public Lecture in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol.

A recording of the lecture can be viewed here.

In front of a sell-out audience Dame Sally offered a stark warning about the growing problem of antibiotic resistance and its threat to future public health.

The lecture is named after Elizabeth Blackwell, who was born in Bristol in 1821 and went on to become the first woman to receive a medical degree in the USA.  Like Dame Sally, Elizabeth fought tirelessly to raise the profile of women in medicine and successfully campaigned for improvements in public health. 

In her lecture, Dame Sally commented: “I am extraordinarily honoured to give the inaugural Elizabeth Blackwell Lecture, she sounds the most wonderful woman and I think we all wish we had met her”.

Professor Jeremy Tavaré, Director of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute (link to EBI homepage), said: “We were proud to welcome Dame Sally Davies to Bristol, one of the most influential women in medicine in the world today. I am sure Elizabeth Blackwell would be proud of her’.


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