The Great Plague: How have autopsies transformed our understanding of disease?

Virtual autopsy lectureCentre of the Cell’s Big Question Lecture series gives you a chance to hear biology experts discuss their work and question them about it.

Our next Big Question Lecture isThe Great Plague: How have autopsies transformed our understanding of disease?” on Tuesday 7th November at 6pm. The guest speaker is Dr Suzy Lishman.


Perrin Lecture Theatre, Blizard Institute, 4 Newark Street, London, E1 2AT


6.00pm – 6.45pm: Big Question lecture

6.45pm – 7.00pm: Questions

7.00pm: Refreshments

Tickets for the lecture are free of charge, but booking is essential.

Over 14s only.

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About the speaker and lecture

Join Dr Suzy Lishman, President of the Royal College of Pathologists, as she performs a virtual autopsy on a live model to investigate the effects of the plague on the human body. The Great Plague of the 1660s killed an estimated 100,000 people—almost a quarter of London’s population—in 18 months. Discover what an autopsy involves, how post mortem examinations have transformed our understanding of disease and why future investigations may not require a scalpel.

Although there will be no real blood or body parts this event is not recommended for the very squeamish.

Dr Suzy Lishman is a Consultant Histopathologist at Peterborough City Hospital and President of the Royal College of Pathologists. She introduced National Pathology Week in 2008, since when thousands of events for schools and the public have been held in the UK and abroad to dispel some of the misconceptions about pathology and highlight its vital role in healthcare.

This event is part of National Pathology Week.

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