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Past event - 2022
11 May 6.30pm - 8:00pm
doors open at 6.15pm
Sheaf Street, 3 Sheaf Street,
Leeds LS10 1HD
The brain is a complex organ, even in health, let alone disease. Come and explore how scientists are unlocking the mysteries and breaking down barriers to our understanding of the brain. Make new memories with our mind blowing pint of science event, and become enlightened on how memories are formed and how disease can break them. Come and be wowed by new ways of exploring the brain.


Seeing inside the brain: memory, synapses and Alzheimer's disease

Megan Lovatt (Postgraduate Researcher)
More than 47 million people live with dementia worldwide, of which Alzheimer's disease is the most common form. However, no treatments are currently available to prevent or slow the progression of this disease. The first clinical indicator of Alzheimer's dementia is the loss of memory. The connections between nerve cells in the brain are called synapses and these are the 'microprocessors' of the mind that enable us to encode memories. I will present our understanding of how synapses encode memories.

Using human stem cells to study dementia in a dish

Dr Katherine Kellett (Research Fellow and Lab Manager)
Studying diseases of the brain, which cause the damage to nerve cells resulting in dementia, is hugely challenging. The interface between the vascular (blood) system and the nervous system is critical in maintaining brain health and function. We are using specialised stem cells, generated from adult cells, to make both the nerve cells and the supporting cells that form this blood-brain barrier. In this talk I will explain how we generate these 3D cell models and how we are using them to study both Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia.

Hidden Senses

Dr Viktor Lukas (Lecturer in Neuroscience)
We constantly perceive, analyse, and react to our physical environment. Some of our senses, such as vision, hearing, or our sense of smell are almost always at the forefront of our attention. Others, such as the perception of inner temperature, potential tissue damage (pain), or the position of our limbs (the hidden sense called proprioception) are only occasionally in the crosshairs of our conscious mind. Yet, without these critical sensory functions, our everyday lives would be impossible. We study the molecular mechanisms that allow our sensory nerves to detect these cues.

Other Sheaf Street events

2022-05-09 Astrochemistry: from the Telescope to the Lab Sheaf Street 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds, LS10 1HD, United Kingdom
2022-05-09 AI & the Arts: How Tech Shapes the Creative Sheaf Street 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds, LS10 1HD, United Kingdom