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Binocular Vision: Insights into Depth Perception

Please note this event takes place on the first floor and has no step-free access
Past event - 2024
13 May Doors 7pm
Event 7.30pm to 9.30pm
The Oxford Retreat, 1-2 Hythe Bridge Street,
Oxford OX1 2EW
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Delve into the fascinating world of neuroscience with Dr. Betina Ip as we unravel the mysteries behind how we perceive depth with two eyes and how this understanding can revolutionize the treatment of amblyopia, commonly known as "lazy eye". Dr. Brooke Prakash will take us to the world of sleep and connect the dots between circadian rhythms and psychiatric disorders.

Unraveling Depth Perception and Amblyopia Treatment

Betina Ip (Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow)
Embark on a captivating journey into the world of binocular vision with esteemed researcher, Betina Ip. Join Betina as she unveils the fascinating mechanisms behind how our brain processes visual information from two eyes to perceive depth and interact with our surroundings. Delve into the complexities of early childhood acquisition of binocular vision and its profound implications for individuals, including those affected by amblyopia, commonly known as 'lazy eye'.
Explore the forefront of neuroscience research, where Betina illuminates breakthroughs in perceptual tests, virtual reality simulations, and state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques like MR Spectroscopy. These advancements are crucial in unraveling the neural underpinnings of binocular vision and hold promise for pioneering treatments for vision disorders such as amblyopia.
Beyond the science, Betina shares her personal journey as a female scientist, navigating the complexities of caregiving responsibilities and embracing her diverse cultural background. Discover how Betina advocates for diversity and inclusion in STEM fields, emphasizing the importance of mentorship and creating supportive environments for researchers from all walks of life.
Whether you're an established researcher, a healthcare professional, or simply intrigued by the mysteries of human perception, this talk offers an enriching and thought-provoking exploration into binocular vision. Join Betina Ip as she sheds light on the wonders of the human brain and the potential for transforming vision health for generations to come.

Clocking in for Mental Health: The Timely Role of Circadian Rhythms

Brooke Prakash (Oxford-BMS Research Fellow)
Ever since the invention of artificial light, society has become increasingly 24/7 such that we can live out of sync with the sun and moon. This means that often we prioritise productivity and sleep is viewed as a waste of time. However, cutting edge research is revealing just how crucial it is that we listen to our internal body clock and give sleep the priority it deserves. In her talk Dr. Brooke Prakash will explain what exactly circadian rhythms are and how they are connected to sleep. She will then discuss how these processes are fundamental to our health and are actually linked to many mental health and neurological disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease. By the end she will hopefully have you convinced that your body clock should not be ignored, but celebrated.
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