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'Mind the brain ! The sometimes unexpected lessons learned from studying the nervous system in sickness and health'

'Mind the brain !  The sometimes unexpected lessons learned from studying the nervous system in sickness and health'

Series Name The Frank May Prize Lecture 2013
Speaker Professor Ruth Luthi-Carter, Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology
Type Lectures & Talks
Starts at Jun 24, 2013 05:30 PM
Ends at Jun 24, 2013 06:30 PM
Venue The Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Wellcome Building
Open To Public
For Bookings Contact Danielle Benyon-Payne on T: 0116 252 2962 or E: dmrbp1@le.ac.uk

The Frank May Prize Lecture 2013 will be given by Professor Ruth Luthi-Carter, Chair of Neurobiology of Behaviour in the Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology, on Monday 24 June 2013.

Summarising her lecture, she said: "The nervous system is the central detector and commander of operations in multicellular organisms. In order to fulfil its crucial responsibilities, the human brain orchestrates a complex program of expression of individual gene sequences. I engage in the systematic study of these elaborate gene-based mosaics to elucidate how the brain operates at the molecular level. An ultimate mission and central focus of my work is to clarify what happens in the brain during neurodegenerative illnesses. It is not always easy to identify or straightforward to interpret the kaleidoscope of events that occur during such a dramatic and overpowering process. Thus, my research team and I have reflected carefully on the consensus findings in our results and developed innovative strategies for their evaluation. The disease-affected brain does not always behave as we expect but often instructs us about the nervous system’s unique and fascinating molecular features. We attend diligently to these lessons with the goals of demystifying the intricacies of this amazing system and applying new knowledge toward the remedy of human neurological conditions.

"In addition to scientific insights, the challenges borne in pursuit of this research have provided numerous opportunities for professional and personal development. I will highlight a few of these experiences to illustrate the important roles of creativity, collaboration and perseverance in achieving unique and worthwhile research aspirations."