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Join us tonight for two brilliant talks on the human body. Tonia will bust some myths surrounding osteoarthritis, whilst David will explore the concept of body clocks and why we sleep. There will also be some science-y entertainment.
Busting myths in osteoarthritis
Tonia Vincent (Director, Centre for OA Pathogenesis Versus Arthritis, Professor of Musculoskeletal Biology)
How many times have you heard that osteoarthritis (OA) is “an inevitable consequence of age”? Or “an irreversible and untreatable disease”? Twenty years ago this was the pervasive view. It led to apathy within the scientific community and hopelessness amongst patients. In 2013, Versus Arthritis funded the Centre for OA Pathogenesis to explore the molecular basis of OA. Tonia will describe the remarkable insights that have been gained by the field since then. Tonia will dispel many textbook myths and provide evidence that OA can be targeted, and novel drug approaches are possible, and emerging.
About time! Why we should care about our sleep, and our body clocks
David will talk about why we sleep, what happens when we are asleep, and how our modern lifestyles are fighting against our biology. He will talk about our body clock, which tells us when to sleep, when to eat, and affects how we think, and make decisions. The new science of body clocks and sleep may help us to cope with modern living, and may help us to prevent and treat illnesses. It’s about time we woke up to this!