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Join us for a packed and interactive evening about different aspects of how bodies work. Firstly, we’ll find out the differences between how apes and humans use their bodies to manipulate objects and even walk. Then, we’ll learn how newly developed optical techniques will allow us to better spot developmental abnormalities in IVF embryos. Finally, we’ll investigate how to breath most efficiently during illness or exercise. Also during all of this you’ll have an opportunity to practice what you’ve learnt!
Hand it to primates
Christopher Dunmore (Lecturer in Biological Anthropology)
Did you ever wonder how the anatomy of apes allow them to use their hands to manipulate objects, swing in the trees or knuckle-walk on the ground, and how humans do things differently? My research concerns analysing the hands of living primates and fossil humans, to help us understand when our ancestors fully came down form the trees and preferred to walk on two legs. You’ll not only be enlightened but be able to undertake some tasks with some interesting props!
John Dickinson (Professor and Head of the Exercise Respiratory Clinic)
Everyone knows how to breathe don’t they? But do we know how to do it if we suffer breathing difficulties (asthma, long COVID) or when we exercise? We have used 3D motion capture to carry out gold standard analysis of breathing patterns in healthy people and those who have asthma and/or suspected breathing pattern disorders. You will take part in an interactive session using basic breathing exercises to understand what scientific research suggests is an optimal breathing pattern in various situations.
Improving in vitro fertilisation (IVF)
Julien Camard (PhD Student in Applied Optics Group)
How can state of the art in optics developed for eye testing be used can help in In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatment? Be amazed how new scientific developments allow us to visualise the development of embryos in incredible detail. Then find out how this info is used to inform future parents and test your ability to identify images captured with this technology.
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