One of the brightest stars of the Welsh medical world took to the stage on Wednesday 4 November by giving the annual Edward Lhuyd lecture, an event which celebrates Welsh-language scholarship.
Professor Mari Lloyd-Williams from the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society at Liverpool University lectured on the subject of ‘Heneiddio a gofal – ein cyfrifoldeb a’n braint’ (‘Aging and care – our responsibility and privilege’). The lecture was held in the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Mari Lloyd-Williams leads international research into care for people suffering from illnesses such as cancer and dementia. She argued that modern care models are unable to meet the needs of some elderly patients and referred to some of the individuals she has treated in her work as a clinical consultant. She criticised the increasing tendency to provide care for the elderly in their homes rather than in the community; a viewpoint which drew a strong response from the audience, which included several doctors and palliative care nurses.
The Edward Lhuyd Lecture is organised jointly by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and the Learned Society of Wales. As well as giving voice to some of Wales’ brightest academics, the lectures are an important means of strengthening the Welsh-medium academic community. Professor E. Wyn James, Cardiff, will give the lecture in 2016.
The 2015 lecture can be downloaded here (Welsh only).