Mind the Brain! Lessons learned from nervous system study

Posted by er134 at Jun 17, 2013 12:42 PM |
University of Leicester’s annual Frank May Prize Lecture to be given by Professor Ruth Luthi-Carter on Monday, 24 June

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 17 June 2013

A molecular mosaic or a neurological kaleidoscope? However you describe them, the brain’s complex mysteries will be examined at a free public lecture at the University of Leicester.

The Frank May Prize Lecture 2013 will be given by Professor Ruth Luthi-Carter entitled ‘Mind the brain! The sometimes unexpected lessons learned from studying the nervous system in sickness and health’ on Monday 24 June in the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Welcome Building at the University of Leicester.

Professor Ruth Luthi-Carter, Chair of Neurobiology of Behaviour in the Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology will examine what happens in the brain during neurodegenerative illnesses such as Parkinsons and Alzheimers.

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.

The disease-affected brain does not always behave as expected but often instructs us about the nervous system’s unique and fascinating molecular features. The lecture will look at how the research conducted can be used to help towards repairing human neurological conditions.

Professor Luthi-Carter engages in the systematic study of these elaborate gene based mosaics to elucidate how much the brain operates at a molecular level.

She said: “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.”

This year’s Frank May Prize lecture will take place on Monday 24 June at 5.30pm in the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Welcome Building, Lancaster Road.

The event, which is free of charge and open to the public, will be followed by a drinks reception in the foyer. Please confirm attendance to dmrbp1@le.ac.uk

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For more information contact Danielle Benyon-Payne via email: dmrbp1@le.ac.uk

 

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