GCSE and A-Level students and members of the public invited to experience neuroscience research at Brain Awareness Day events

Posted by es328 at Mar 10, 2017 10:50 AM |
University of Leicester events to feature public talks and live demonstrations on 15 March

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 10 March 2017

  • ‘Getting to Know Your Brain’ events for GCSE and A-Level students in the afternoon and an evening event open to all

  • Schizophrenia, reading, and taste will be among the subjects explored in a series of talks

  • The event is part of Brain Awareness Week – a global initiative run by the Dana Foundation

The University of Leicester will be hosting two events for Brain Awareness Day on Wednesday 15 March.

GCSE and A-Level students are invited to attend an afternoon of activities which will explain a range of brain research between 12.30-3.30pm followed by an evening event for all from 6pm.

Along with presentations there will be live demonstrations and the opportunity to meet PhD students and scientists.

The afternoon will be informative to anyone with an interest in studying brain research and neuroscience, including biology, cell physiology and pharmacology, genetics, health sciences, medicine and psychology.

There will also be poster displays from postgraduate students who will be available to discuss their research and experiences studying science at the University of Leicester.

The talks will be given by Dr Andrew Young, Dr Sarah White and Professor Flav Giorgini from the University’s Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour.

Dr Young will discuss how we understand the effect of the brain on schizophrenia, Dr White will explore the role of eye movements in reading and Professor Giorgini will explain how genetics are used to better understand neurodegenerative diseases.

At 6pm the University invites the general public for an evening of talks and demonstrations which offer the opportunity to ‘get to know your brain’.

Dr Jaime McCutcheon will explain the neuroscience of feeding - why we eat the foods we do. Professor Ruth Luthi-Carter will also give a talk which looks at how we understand and treat brain diseases using genetic approaches.

The talks at both events will be followed by a number of live demonstrations, all given by University neuroscience researchers. They will be:

  • Changing your point of view – Liz Maratos
  • The molecular basis of taste perception – Jaime McCutcheon
  • The developing eye: using light to explore the retina – Frank Proudlock
  • Responses of visual nerve cells in an insect – Tom Matheson
  • Tricking the brain: the neuroscience of illusion – Robin Green
  • Seeing inside the brain: lighting up brain cells with fluorescent proteins – Joe McDearmid

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. The University of Leicester is delighted to partner with the DANA Foundation again to celebrate Brain Awareness Week.

Dr Young, Associate Professor in the University’s Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour, said: “We use our brain all day, every day and all night - it keeps us alert and helps us sleep; it is the source of our memory and identity. And yet there is still so much to discover about how it works and what goes wrong in diseases like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and epilepsy.

“Brain Awareness Day is our contribution to the Dana Foundation International Brain Awareness Week; it is an opportunity for the general public to be informed of our ground-breaking research in neuroscience and psychology at the University of Leicester. So come along, query a ‘Brain Scientist’ and find out what we are doing.

“It is also an opportunity to visit the new Centre for Medicine, incorporating many energy-saving features, making it the  largest non-residential building in the UK to meet the exacting ‘Passivhaus’ standard.”

The programme for the afternoon event for GCSE and A-Level students is available here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/npb/news-1/baw/afternoon-event-programme

The programme for the evening event is available here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/npb/news-1/baw/evening-brain-awareness-event-programme

More information about Brain Awareness Week at the University of Leicester is available here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/npb/news-1/baw

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