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Ever wondered how your brain is built? And how your brain changes over time? Find out more over a pint.This event is also supported by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and Dementia Biomedical Research Unit (BRC/U) at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.
Imagining the developing brain
Richard Wingate (Senior Lecturer in Developmental Neurobiology)
The history of neuroscience is a story of imaginative construction from fragments of information. As researchers, we piece together stories from glimpses of the natural world. We use these glimpses to try to understand brain development. Our latest time-lapse movies show (we think) a new kind of cell that stops the brain from tearing apart as it grows:a demonstration of how imagination is necessary (if not entirely sufficient) to make scientific discoveries. What does this cellular glue look like? How does it prevent structural failure? Exercise your imagination and help us name this new cell!
Adult neurogenesis: can we grow new brain cells?
Sandrine Thuret (Head of the Adult Neurogenesis and Mental Health Laboratory and Lecturer in Neuroscience)
During this talk we will revisit the long-standing dogma that the adult brain is incapable of producing new nerve cells (or neurons) and show you that, on the contrary, new neurons are born in a privileged area of the adult brain. (Hurray!!). We will see that these new-born neurons have specific roles in memory formation and impact on our mood. We will also explore the daily activities and diets that have a significant impact on their production. (Scary!!)