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Cinq à Sept Research Talks showcase the powerful, personal stories behind the groundbreaking health research happening at Queen’s University.

The series spotlights innovative research with engaging, TED-style talks in front of an audience of students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members. Talented researchers headline each Cinq à Sept – offering a unique, intimate view into the passions and goals that drive their work.

Cinq à Sept is inspired by the French tradition of gathering at the end of the workday. A reception following each Research Talk sparks connection and collaboration – an integral component of the new Strategic Plan for Health Sciences: Radical Collaboration for a Healthier World.

The Cinq à Sept is an opportunity to tell the compelling stories of our research – research that is changing the world," says Jane Philpott, Dean, Queen’s Health Sciences

Dean Jane Philpott, Dr. Eva Purkey and Dr. Prameet Sheth

Dean Jane Philpott, Dr. Eva Purkey, and Dr. Prameet Sheth

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“The lowdown on the showdown in your gut”

Dr. Prameet Sheth

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences 

Dr. Prameet Sheth is obsessed with things that are very small—so small you can’t see them or fathom their number. As a microbiologist, he studies bacteria and his lab’s research is focused on infectious diseases. Prepare for a gut check in his eye-opening talk. Starting with the lowdown on our body’s bacteria and the crisis created by antibiotic overuse, Dr. Sheth explores how his discovery of a protein has the potential to treat antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.

“Making stone soup and building stronger communities”

Dr. Eva Purkey

Assistant Professor and Health Equity Director, Department of Family Medicine

Dr. Eva Purkey’s research is anchored in her experience as a family doctor practicing primary care and obstetrics. She uncovers the experiences and needs of people in marginalized communities to inform structural changes to improve health and social systems. In Dr. Purkey’s game-changing talk, hear her vision for how universities and researchers can partner with communities to improve peoples’ lives and well-being. Her vital work uncovers a path to community transformation where everyone can flourish and enjoy ‘stone soup’ together.  

“The long journey of ICU survivorship”

Dr. Gordon Boyd

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Coming back from the brink of death is only the first step; Dr. Gordon Boyd is an expert in what comes next. It is hard to find a doctor with the same specialties as Dr. Boyd who practices neurology, neuroscience and intensive care medicine—bridging the complexities of each to help people survive critical illness. As you’ll hear in his talk, Dr. Boyd is focused on patients’ long-term brain function and overall health after the intensive care unit (ICU)—helping them not only survive but thrive.