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What do you get when you combine two great scientific minds and some beers? A step by step journey into understanding how we can use mini brains and genetics to model human brains. Come and learn about three-dimensional structures fabricated from pluripotent stem cells or adult tissue stem cells and see how scientists today are using these techniques to imitate and study a living human brain!
A Story of a Human Lab Grown Minibrain and the “Ice-bucket”
Andras Lakatos (PI/Group Leader in Neurobiology at University of Cambridge & Consultant Neurologist)
Andras will talk about why novel human lab grown “minibrain” models could provide an unprecedented advantage in pinpointing key problems and solutions for untreatable and devastating neurological diseases, such as motor neurone disease (MND).
Cutting of Cellular Cables and Its Role in Hereditary Motor Neuron Disease
Evan Reid (Professor of Neurogenetics and Molecular Neurobiology )
This talk will outline the clinical features of HSPs and will discuss spastin, the protein made by the gene most commonly affected in hereditary spastic paraplegias (HSP) patients. This will touch on the cellular role of intracellular highways called microtubules, and how being able to modify microtubules is important for the normal function of nerve cells. He will also explain how whole genome sequencing is now being used on the NHS to help make diagnoses for patients, like those with HSP, who have rare genetic disorders.
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