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Date(s) - 10/09/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Each year, the 13th September marks World Sepsis Day, a global day of awareness to highlight sepsis, raise awareness of the condition, and raise money to save lives and stop sepsis.

Usually, we get together and host an event for World Sepsis Day as part of our #SockItToSepsis campaign, but unfortunately, under the current circumstances, we’re not able to meet in person. So this year, we’ve organised a virtual launch to World Sepsis Day on Thursday 10th September 2020. We’ve got some excellent speakers lined up so we hope you’ll join us on Zoom to find out more about sepsis and how together, we can help save lives.

Event timings have been included below, zoom details to be confirmed. Please register your interest using the form below.


  • 7.00pm: Welcome and introductions, Fiona Stalker – BBC Scotland Broadcaster
  • 7.10pm: Interview – ‘Surviving Sepsis’ Suzanne Graham – Sepsis Survivor
  • 7.20pm: The Future of Sepsis Awareness, Jason Leitch CBE – Clinical Director for Scotland
  • 7.30pm: Sepsis & COVID-19 research during a pandemic, Dr Kenneth Baillie – Academic Consultant in Critical Care Medicine & Group Leader at the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute
  • 8.00pm: Educating our Youth – SEPS_IS schools project, Dr Melanie Jimenez – Biomedical Engineering Research Fellow, University of Glasgow
  • 8.15pm: Where now for Sepsis Research (FEAT), Colin Graham – Chief Operating Officer
  • 8.25pm: Close & Vote of Thanks

Book your place today by heading over to our Eventbrite page here! It’s completely free, we hope you’re able to join us.

Meet our speakers

Fiona Stalker

Fiona Stalker is a BBC Scotland news reporter and presenter of Friday’s Drive Time programme on Radio Scotland and “Seven Days”, the Sunday evening news and review programme on the BBC Scotland channel.
When not presenting on TV, Fiona is a reporter based in the Aberdeen and Glasgow newsrooms. For four years Fiona combined her news duties with presenting a weekly programme on Radio Scotland on a Friday afternoon called “Out For The Weekend”.
After losing a close family member to sepsis six years ago, Fiona began researching the issue of sepsis in Scotland. Since then she’s covered many stories on national TV and radio about the condition and its impact.

Suzanne Graham

Suzanne grew up in South Lanarkshire and studied Immunology at the University of Glasgow. After living in Melbourne and Edinburgh, Suzanne and her husband have settled back in her beloved city of Glasgow. For the last 11 years, Suzanne has worked for NHS Education for Scotland (NES) supporting the internal improvement agenda. When she is not working, she is likely to be walking her Miniature Schnauzer, Ozzy, or spending time with her family and friends. Suzanne considers herself extremely lucky to have survived sepsis at the age of 40. She will be eternally grateful to the NHS staff and her family who were responsible for her survival.

Jason Leitch CBE

Jason has worked for the Scottish Government since 2007 and in January 2015 was appointed as The National Clinical Director in the Health and Social Care Directorate. He is a Scottish Government Director and a member of the Health and Social Care Management Board. He is one of the senior team responsible for the NHS in Scotland and is an Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee.

Jason was the 2011 UK Clinician of the Year. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He was a 2005-06 Quality Improvement Fellow at IHI, in Boston, sponsored by the Health Foundation. Jason is also a trustee of the UK wing of the Indian Rural Evangelical Fellowship which runs orphanages in southeast India. He has a doctorate from the University of Glasgow, an MPH from Harvard and is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Jason was appointed to NHS England review group led by Don Berwick looking into the patient safety elements of the Francis Inquiry

Dr. Kenneth Baillie

Kenneth graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc (Hons) in Physiology in 1999 and MBChB in 2002. He completed basic training in medicine in Glasgow and in anaesthesia in Edinburgh. During this time he led a series of high altitude research projects in Bolivia and founded a high-altitude research charity, Apex. He was appointed as a clinical lecturer on the ECAT (Edinburgh Clinical Academic Track) at the University of Edinburgh in 2008 and completed a Wellcome Trust-funded PhD in statistical genetics in 2012. He was awarded a Wellcome-Beit Prize Intermediate Clinical Fellowship in 2013. After completing clinical training in 2014, he worked as a visiting scientist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT before returning to the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, to establish a research programme in translational applications of genomics in critical care medicine. He works as a consultant in the intensive care unit at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh.

Dr. Melanie Jimenez

Dr Melanie Jimenez is a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow working at the University of Glasgow on miniaturised systems, or “laboratories on a chip”, that can enable a more rapid, portable and cost-effective diagnosis of life-threatening conditions. Her profile is interdisciplinary, at the interface of engineering, physics and biology and her research focuses on “finding the needle in a haystack”. She worked for example on the detection of waterborne pathogens from drinking water and has ongoing collaborations with the NHS to improve the detection of pathogens that might be responsible for sepsis in a patient. A particular focus in her current research is to engineer technologies that will improve patient outcomes through targeted treatment and reduce antimicrobial resistance.

Colin Graham

Colin Graham joined Sepsis Research (FEAT) in October 2018 as the charity’s first Chief Operating Officer. Colin is a charity sector veteran with 21 years experience. He is responsible for developing awareness of the charity, overseeing its fundraising and marketing strategy and developing strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Sepsis Research, Colin worked as the CEO of Cancer Support Scotland, having previously been Area Fundraising Manager for Breast Cancer Care, Head of Fundraising for Erskine Hospital and as a fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Care. He was acutely aware that sepsis was often involved in cancer care and it was something people did not fully understand or were made aware of.
Colin is married to Judy and his passion is golf-playing off a handicap of 6. He is a member of Elie Golf Club and East Renfrewshire Golf Club where he volunteers as its marketing director.