2021/22 Winter Dinner Series

The Society invites members and guests to a monthly dinner with guest speaker at the Imperial Hotel between October and April.
Dinners cost £23* per person, increasing to £24* per person from January 2022. Dinners will commence at 7:30pm. Drinks will be available in the bar beforehand.
Details of after dinner talks are as follows:
*Quiz Night will include buffet at £5 per person
TDMS Presentation Prize Winners

Thursday 23rd September 2021

Torbay Quality Improvement Award Winners

Earlier this year, The Society sponsored, and was invited to judge, the Torbay Hospital Quality Improvement projects, presented by junior doctors at the hospital.
Kyle Stewart and Peter Moore heard presentations from a wide range of participants, finally selecting two projects as winners of the competition.
The winners will join us on September 23rd to receive their prize and to present a summary of their work to the Society.
The presentations will outline projects covering
  • Peri-operative Corticosteroids
  • Improving Enquiry into Domestic Violence and Abuse in a Sexual Health Setting
Professor John Campbell speaks to TDMS

Thursday 21st October 2021


A take on the Shackleton story

Dr Rachel Varnum

Born and raised in London, Rachel Varnum is an A&E registrar having worked in both Torbay and Derriford.
Having worked at the front line through the first COVID-19 wave, she took an opportunity to work for the British Antarctic Survey as Medic for the rest of the year.
Almost all the 2020-21 British Antarctic teams left for the icy continent via an unusual route – on the RRS James Clark Ross – on not only her 30th year of service but also her, and her famed Ice Captain's, last ever voyage.
Retracing Shackleton’s steps, Rachel set sail from the UK, reaching her first sight of land for many thousands of miles, as she stepped onto South Georgia - passing through the very same whaling station he did on his way south.
From there, the team ventured to the other BAS stations at Bird Island, Signy and Rothera, delivering both staff and supplies to the remote bases, before retruning via abandoned whaling stations and UK Antarctic Heritage sites from the 1950s and '60s.
They explored whaling stations in volcanos, 100 year old whaling ships and remote Antarctic huts left waiting for people to return - seeing huge numbers of penguin, seal and bird colonies on their journey.
Returning back towards South Georgia, Rachel trod Shackleton’s footsteps at Wilde Point, Elephant Island where he bravely set off in search of help for his men following the sinking of his ship, the Endurance.
Following a turn of events, she stayed at South Georgia, becoming the station doctor.
Rachel says exploring the most beautiful island, at the edge of the world, littered with penguins, seals, mountains, ice caves and glaciers wasn’t the hardest decision to make.
Join us to hear Rachel's tale of a most remarkable adventure!
Dr Anna Murray - TDMS Speaker

Thursday 25th November 2021

Early or Late Menopause:
Is it in the genes?

Dr Anna Murray

Dr Anna Murray completed her PhD on coeliac disease and T cell lymphoma of the gut, in Southampton in 1994.
She went on to a postdoctoral position at Wessex Regional Genetics in Salisbury, where she worked primarily on understanding the genetic basis of the Fragile X syndrome.
Dr Murray led the studies that first showed a link between the Fragile X mutation and premature ovarian insufficiency.
Her interest in ovarian ageing broadened following her move to Exeter in 2005 and she started to investigate common genetic variants associated with reproductive ageing.
This work has led to a number of high profile publications on traits including, menarche timing, hormone measures and age at natural menopause.
TDMS Speaker Dr Richard Walker - Dartmoor Search and Rescue

Thursday 27th January 2022

Half My Working Life!

20 Years of Dartmoor Search & Rescue

Dr Richard Walker

Dr Richard Walker has been a Consultant in Intensive Care medicine and Anaesthesia at Torbay Hospital since 2008.
Having moved to Devon from London in 1998, he got involved in Search and Rescue largely by mistake...
Keen not to offend "a very large bloke in the pub", Richard agreed to be "a body on the moor" for a training exercise - and was immediately hooked!
After completing training, he joined the Ashburton section of Dartmoor Search and Rescue and has remained a member ever since.
The team covers the southern and eastern portion of the moor as well as surrounding areas as far as the coastal path boundary.
The talk will explore some of the ways Richard's experience with the team has shaped his approach to medicine.
We are also promised lots of pretty pictures...!
TDMS Talk - Life and Scoliosis of Richard III

Thursday 24th February 2022

The Life and Scoliosis of Richard III

Mr David Marks

Mr David Marks qualified from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London in 1985 and followed surgical training in London, Warwick, and Birmingham.
He was appointed as Consulting Surgeon to The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and The Birmingham Children’s Hospital in December 1995 and also made an Honorary Senior Lecturer to The University of Birmingham.
He has been an active member of the Scoliosis Research Society, serving as a Member of The Board of Directors from 2011-13.

His talk will examine the life and scoliosis of one of England's most controversial kings - Richard III.

TDMS Speaker Dr Alan Desmond - Plant Based Diet

Thursday 24th March 2022

Should I Recommend a Plant-based Diet to My Patients?

Dr Alan Desmond

Doctor Alan Desmond is a Consultant Gastroenterologist, working in Torbay, who is dedicated to educating the public on the health benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet.
He is the author of the best-selling book, "The Plant-Based Diet Revolution: 28 days to a happier gut and a healthier you".
Doctor Desmond has made evidence-based dietary advice an essential part of his practice as a doctor specialising in gut health problems.
He has presented at numerous international medical conferences on the benefits of this approach to food.
He is an Ambassador for Plant-Based Health Professionals UK, a not-for-profit group which educates members of the public, health professionals, and policy makers on the incredible health benefits of a plant-based diet.
Certified in both Gastroenterology and General Internal Medicine, Dr Desmond completed his medical training in Ireland and Oxford.
He has a specialist interest in the role of diet in the prevention and treatment of Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
A fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London, he has published several influential research papers in the field of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and is a dedicated advocate for the gut health benefits, and overall health benefits, of a whole-food plant-based approach to nutrition.
TDMS Quiz Night

Thursday 21st April 2022

TDMS Quiz Night

Having missed our first Quiz Night due to the Coronavirus Lockdown, we will be rescheduling the quiz in place of our usual April meeting.
Entry will be £5 per person including a buffet, which will be available from 7:30pm, prior to an 8pm start.
The quiz will be a General Knowledge quiz - not a test of your medical knowledge - although there may be questions related to past talks given to the Society...!
Members are invited to form teams of up to 6 people to participate in the quiz.
If you do not have a team, or would like to top up with additonal team members, please let us know - or turn up on the night and we will make sure you are accommodated.
Please book your places in advance to help us manage the food requirements.