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Tonight we will talk about blood. We won't necessarily see it but we will surely learn a lot about the processes in which it's involved such as bleeding and clotting. We will hear from both the "bench" and "bedside" perspectives. Dr Nightingale will describe his research which takes advantage of advanced microscopes (pretty pictures alert) to look at blood vessels and Professor Brohi will talk about his experience as a world-renown trauma surgeon.
A talk about bleeding (and) microscopy
Dr Tom Nightingale (Lecturer in Cell Biology)
Microscopes have been around for over 400 years and are still used every day by scientists around the world. This gives us information about cells, molecules and even atoms! My talk will give an idea as to why microscopes are so important (and every professor’s fashion accessory...) for scientists in general but also for my own research into how the body controls bleeding. They help to reveal what goes wrong in patients who have bleeding disorders as well as patients who clot inappropriately.
How we evolved to survive being injured, and how it's killing us now
Professor Karim Brohi (Professor of Trauma Sciences, Consultant Trauma and Vascular Surgeon)
Organisms have evolved over hundreds of millions of years to recognise that they have been injured and to put into play mechanisms that stop bleeding, prevent infection and activate the healing process. But how does the body know that it has been injured? How is it that the body can respond appropriately to both a paper cut and a broken leg? And what happens when evolution gets it all wrong? Professor Brohi will discuss how new insights from complexity and evolutionary biology are shaping how we treat critically injured patients.