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The Art of Visual Perception

This film takes a look at Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga'a research and recent exhibition with Mariano Molina.

Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga works in collaboration with Dr. Sandra Dudley at Museum Studies, Dr. David Barrie, former director of the Art Fund, and Visual Artist Mariano Molina, to study principles of visual perception of art in the museum environment.

There has been historically very little interaction between arts and science, but clearly artists and neuroscientists have complementary knowlege and expertise about visual perception.

Their goal is to link both fields to start understanding, using Eye-tracker recordings and antropological data, the underlying mechanisms involved in the perception of visual art and how these are affected by the museum environment, the available information, and expertise.

Studying Huntington's Disease Using Model Organisms

Flaviano ("Flav") Giorgini is Lecturer in Mammalian Genetics in the Genetics Department at the University of Leicester, UK. His research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that underlie neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease,.

In this short film, Dr Giorgini explains how he and his research team use Baker's yeast Saccaromyces cerevisiae and the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as model organisms in the quest for understanding of what goes wrong at a cellular level in Huntington's Disease and how this knowledge can be used to develop novel therapeutic compounds.

This film is part of a collection of resources on the use of model organisms in medical research produced by Dr Chris Willmott and Professor Andrew Fry of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Leicester. Funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the GENIE Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, these videos show how the use of invertebrate species such as yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) and fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) can be applicable to human medicine.

Model Organisms - Drosophila

Charalambos ("Bambos") Kyriacou is Professor of Behavioural Genetics at the University of Leicester, UK. His research for a number of years has principally focussed on circadian rhythms (biorhythms) in a variety of organisms, but especially the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. His research group also study aggression and mating behaviour. He also collaborates with Dr Flaviano Giorgini in the Genetics Department in research using fly models to study Huntington's Disease.

This is the full interview in which Prof Kyriacou introduces us to the value of Drosophila as a model organism and explains about the importance of biorhythms, including their relevance to human health.

This film is part of a collection of resources on the use of model organisms in medical research produced by Dr Chris Willmott and Professor Andrew Fry of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Leicester. Funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the GENIE Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, these videos show how the use of invertebrate species such as yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) and fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) can be applicable to human medicine.

Is your brain male or female?

Dr Claire Gibson talks on the BBC's Horizon programme about research on the male and female brain

Is your brain male or female? Duration: 01:50. Dr Michael Mosley and Prof Alice Roberts investigate whether male and female brains really are wired differently.

First broadcast: 29 Sep 2014

EyeThe eye: the window to the brain

Professor Irene Gottlob's talk has been published The Conversation.  The eye is our window to the brain and there's a lot we can tell from it. The Conversation. 18th March 2015.

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