In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, our free online ARIES Talks feature a variety of high profile speakers delivering short, informative and entertaining talks on areas of relevance to anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine. Please see our introduction to the ARIES Talks here.

Watching each of the online talks can be recorded as a personal CPD activity attracting two ‘internal’ CPD credits when accompanied by reflection.

Please click on the links below to view previous ARIES Talks via our YouTube Channel.

Ebola and Team Work by Dan Martin

During the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa UK citizens infected with the virus were brought to the Royal Free Hospital High Level Isolation unit in London and treated by a specialist team. Dr Dan Martin describe this highly contagious disease, how the unit works within our hospital and how teamwork led to the successful recovery of these patients.




Wheelchair anaesthetics: from trauma to triumph at the Invictus Games by Jen Warren

Dr Jen Warren, an anaesthetist, talks about her journey from a doctor with the military in Afghanistan, to a skiing holiday that resulted in her losing the use of her left leg and crippling neuropathic pain.



Anaesthesia and space by Kevin Fong

Dr Kevin Fong talks about the effects of weightlessness on the human body and how astronauts are kept healthy in space. He contextualises these challenges against the backdrop of past and current space explorations.





Fatigue and the Anaesthetist by Mike Farquhar

Dr Michael Farquhar, Consultant in Sleep Medicine at Evelina London Children's Hospital gives an ARIES talk on how fatigue affects the body and the potential impact on anaesthetists and patients.




Learning from anaesthesia complications – the National Audit Projects by Tim Cook

How has the Royal College of Anaesthetists National Audit Projects (NAPs) had an important impact on our understanding of rare major complications of anaesthesia and what have been the lessons learnt?




Climate Change and Anaesthesia by Hugh Montgomery

One return flight to Los Angeles equals equivalent to one million litres in CO2. With the Planet in crisis - what are the key challenges and what can be done to prevent the planet from further ‘free fall’ and climate change.




Anaesthesia in Disaster Zones by Rachael Craven

Worldwide there is a massive problem with access to surgical and anaesthetic care, this becomes even worse in a disaster or conflict scenario.  What do we mean by quality anaesthetic care in a disaster, what is required to provide it, what are the barriers to provision and what can we as the anaesthetic and wider community do to help?



Public and Patient Involvement in Research by Simon Denegri

Medical research relationship with the public is to be celebrated - in the UK we have one of the biggest charitable research sectors in the world and public altruism also includes participation in clinical trials.  How can we further encourage public and patient involvement?



Do Children Feel Pain by Suellen Walker

Dr Suellen Walker explores beyond the concept of merely – ‘do children feel pain?’ to ‘how and when children feel pain?’ She reflects on how there is evidence that there are specific and acute responses to noxious stimuli even in the most preterm infant. These pain responses infants and children give can be assessed in different ways.




Improving Welfare of Working People by Carol Black

There is widening recognition of the close interdependence of health, wellbeing and work.  Importantly, for most people their work – good work – is also good for their health and wellbeing, but worklessness is harmful. Work provides income and participation in society, meeting essential psychosocial needs.  We don’t have to be 100% fit to work.  Indeed a fulfilling working life can improve the wellbeing of many people with chronic health conditions.


Gelatine and Silicone by Peter Mahoney

During the recent Afghanistan conflict the UK led field hospital at Camp Bastion achieved remarkable clinical outcomes for very severely injured patients. Colonel Peter Mahoney talks about how principles of ballistic injury are both taught and researched using items such as gelatine blocks.





Resuscitation Medicine by Jerry Nolan

30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests are treated by medical services every year, with an 8% survival rate.  How do resuscitation survival rates improve through public knowledge and technology?





Will we need Anaesthetists in 25 years time by Ramani Moonesinghe 

Tracing historical moments in the advancement of anaesthesia until now – what will the future of anesthesia hold with technological progress, changes to diagnostics and personalised medicine? Change takes time to embed; public perception of technology and trust between health professionals and public will also shape the future of anaesthesia.



Cancer and Anaesthesia by Donal Buggy

What happens to circulating tumor cancer cells depends on a number of factors in the perioperative period.  Can anaesthetic or analgesic technique during cancer affect risk of reoccurrence or metastasis?





Lessons from the Battlefield by Kate Prior

Surgeon Commander Kate Prior highlights the lessons learnt over a decade of conflict in Afghanistan and how these lessons have resulted in a  high level of ‘unexpected survivors’ amongst military patients.