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Tonight, we’ll explore how the interplay between hormones and brain controls essential body functions over a good old pint. Join us in this session for the largest quiz ever!
When the thyroid speaks to the brain
Dr Soledad Bárez-López (Research Associate)
Most people are aware that hypothyroidism causes fatigue and depression symptoms. This is because the brain is not getting enough thyroid hormones to function properly. If this is the case for adults, just imagine the effects that insufficient thyroid hormone levels can have during foetal brain development! In this talk Soledad Bárez-López will explore the brain mechanisms that ensure an appropriate delivery of thyroid hormones during foetal development and the different consequences from lack of thyroid hormone action in brain.
How does your brain know when you need to drink and when to stop
Dr Mike Greenwood (Senior Research Associate)
Water is necessary for the survival of all living organisms on Earth. Our bodies are composed of about 55% water and we cannot survive more than a few days without it. Every day we replace water losses from urine, sweating and breathing by drinking fluids to maintain body water content. What happens if you do not drink enough water? How does your body know when to stop drinking? What can we learn from the phenomenal adaptations of animals brought about by life in a desert environment? Come along and find out.