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Doctors and researchers use brain imaging methods to diagnose illness and investigate the brain. These talks will introduce brain imaging for science research. Clare will explain how we can see early brain changes in Alzheimer’s disease. Etienne will talk about brain imaging in science research from virtual reality to the real world. Suitable for all audiences - no science knowledge needed.
Fixing the brain before it’s broken
Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease are very different diseases in terms of their symptoms and risk factors, but they have some important similarities, such as the build up of sticky proteins in the brain over many years. In this talk I will describe the current research focus on prevention for these (and other similar) diseases, and the need to identify those at greatest risk before symptoms take hold. My research uses the latest neuroimaging techniques to detect early changes in the brain, and to develop measurements to improve clinical trials.
Our brain, back to the future...
Growing evidence shows that we don’t really know that much about our brain after all. We are forced to recognise that it can only be understood if situated in action: The brain is embodied, and the body is in the world. As the technology to study the brain progresses, so does technology that blurs the lines between the real world and the virtual world. “Brain-computer interfaces”, “internet-of-things” are amongst the fuzzy ideas that, for now, toy with our imagination, but…. what does the future really hold for us?