Prof. Wright is a clinical epidemiologist with a background in hospital medicine and public health in the UK and in Africa. He established and leads the Bradford Institute for Health Research, a major centre for applied health research. He is the Clinical Director for the Improvement Academy and leads a number of NIHR programmes on patient safety and quality improvement.
In 2007 he set up the Born in Bradford cohort study which is following the lives of over 13,000 families in the city. He has led an international public health programme with Swaziland since 1998. He has authored of over 200 papers and three textbooks and been awarded over £30 million in research award funding. He is Visiting Professor in Clinical Epidemiology at the Universities of York, Leeds and Bradford.
Chief of Vascular Surgery and Director of the Certified Vascular Centre
St Martinus Hospital
Specialist in Visceral and Abdominal Surgery
Specialist in Phlebology
Specialist in Accident and Emergency Medicine (Leitender Notarzt)
Authorised Lecturer in medical Ultrasound (NRW)
Tropical Medicine in Paviliao Carlos Chagas, Rio-de Janeiro, Brazil
Antartic expeditionary medical service (South pole and Pole of inaccessibility)
Surgical service in Timor-Leste
(accident surgery in Glasgow)
(general surgery in Newcastle)
reading, piano, tennis, skiing,
2013, Specialist in Internal Medicine (Oberarzt)at Medizinische Kliniken I - Lahn-Dill-Kliniken in Wetzlar
2003, Medical exam at Philip University Marburg
Doctor in Mountain Medicine
Add. Qualification Emergency-Medicine
Member Malteser Hilfsdienstes im Westerwald
Tutor for education nurses and other health professionals
Croatia, Bosnien Herzigovina und Rome (Vatikan)
Emergency doctor in car races and other events like music events at the Red Cross
Emergency doctor at alpine rescue service, Section Sigmaringen
Security doctor at the cardio-sport-group Sigmaringen
sport, skiing, jogging, bycicle, alpine-sport, cat-sailing, Mountain-Medicine
completed specialist exams for Oral and maxillofacial surgery in 2014 and is now training in the sub-specialty of plastic surgery at the University Hospital of Marburg. He and his colleague, Dr Scherf, have together created the “alpinärzte.de” website which provides information and advice on mountain and altitude medicine. They are also both founder members of the German Association for Hunting Medicine.
An Edinburgh graduate, James Drife worked in Bristol and Leicester before moving to Leeds in 1990 as professor of obstetrics and gynaecology – emeritus since 2009. He has been a vice-president of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and an elected member of the UK General Medical Council. He was Co-editor in Chief of the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology with Professor Wolfgang Künzel of Giessen, and for 25 years he wrote a regular column in the British Medical Journal. In 1994 he became Clinical Director of the UK Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths, continuing until 2011, and for ten years he was a consultant advisor to the Making Pregnancy Safer programme of the World Health Organisation. His wife is a retired GP and their daughter is a consultant psychiatrist in London.
Dr. Pidsley has been working as a GP in Torquay on the south coast of England since 2001. From qualification in Wales in 1987 until then he worked largely in Australia as a district medical officer specialising in anaesthetics and paediatrics. He also worked for the flying doctor service of Western Australia. His interest in travel has taken him across Russia and from Europe to Iran.
Dr. Catriona Valenta is a medical graduate of Glasgow University, has lived in Germany since 1985 and thus a (thankfully non-frequent) user of the German health system, and was a provider of ‘American-style’ medicine for her over 20 years’ employment as a civilian medical officer for the US Army Europe. Since her retirement from clinical medicine in 2011 she has travelled fairly extensively, including a period spent trekking and volunteering in Nepal in 2012.
Ms Beatrix Weber is a keen traveller. Already as an undergraduate in her native North Germany she used electives to visit Malaysia and Ghana and took a year out to study in Austria. After house jobs in Bavaria, she moved to the south west of England for surgical training, reaching out as far as the Scilly Isles. This was followed by a year in Western Australia and 3 years in South Africa. Driving home from there took a few months. She finally qualified as a general surgeon back in Germany in 2003, but was keen to return as a consultant to the north of England. In 2012, the opportunity arose to become a Viking surgeon in Shetland. However, charity work in India or Africa still keeps her on the move.
is Emeritus Professor of Forensic Pathology in the University of Sheffield. He trained in Leeds, and graduated in 1962. He was a Home Office Pathologist from 1974- 2001. His work has taken him all over the place, from the former USSR and USA to Malawi and Malaysia – with a couple of trips to the Falklands thrown in. At other times in his wide and varied experience, (aka chequered career), he has been a Flying Doctor in Australia, and a GP in an inner city practice. He at first intended to follow a career in paediatrics but decided to try Forensic Medicine and rapidly became addicted. Now retired, but until recently got involved in Medico Legal work at home and abroad. Served with the TA for 12 years. Rides a motor bike, drives a Morris Minor, plays with model railways – has written, with his wife, a text book on death – and for 5 years, went with his wife to Uganda twice yearly to help administer an HIV/ AIDS charity. Now gives talks on a variety of (sort of) medical topics to raise funds for charity.
We have speakers from both Germany and the UK, and are grateful to them all for giving up their time to educate and entertain us.
This year conference in Leeds is under the title of
“Medicine off the beaten track”