Other Leicester events

Matter Over Mind

Step-free access throughout the pub. Over 18s only. Advance ticket purchases recommended.
Past event - 2019
22 May Doors 7:00pm
Event 7.30-9.30pm
Step-free access
Spirits Bar, 6 Hotel St,
Leicester LE1 5AW
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Join us at The Spirits Bar to find out how we extract meaning from life, escape obsession, and solve the puzzle of neurodegeneration.

Enjoy Happy Hour for the whole night! 2 cocktails for £10.

The forgetting machine

Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga ( Research Chair, University of Leicester; Director of the Centre for Systems Neuroscience and the Head of Bioengineering)
How much do we see? How much do we remember? The answer will surprise you. Very little. Incredibly little.
But how about the feeling we have of seeing everything around us, and remembering our past as if we are playing back a movie? It is an illusion, or to be more precise, a construction by the brain. There is a reason, though.
In this short talk, I will show how the brain processes very little information to extract meaning and understand the world around us, and I will discuss how this is the basis of human intelligence.

Can a pacemaker for the brain provide an escape from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Dr Annemieke Apergis-Schoute (Lecturer in the Dept. of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour, University of Leicester)
Many people will call themselves slightly “OCD” because they have a strong drive to keep things neat and orderly. For people who suffer from OCD though, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and the urge to perform repetitive behaviours (compulsions) can greatly impair daily functioning, especially when regular treatment does not offer much relief. What goes wrong in their brains and can it be corrected? A method called deep brain stimulation might provide an ultimate escape.

Brain puzzles: Understanding neurodegenerative diseases

Professor Flaviano Giorgini (Professor of Neurogenetics)
Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases, are incurable disorders that lead to progressive death of specific nerve cells, often within the brain. These devastating conditions are increasing in incidence because of our ageing population, and therefore represent an enormous challenge for our healthcare system. Many of these disorders have a significant genetic component. I will talk about the use of genetic tools to better understand the mechanisms underlying these disorders and our progress in identifying potential therapeutic strategies.
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