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Illness and Disease: prevention better than cure?

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Past event - 2021
17 May 8pm to 9pm
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COVID-19 has made us think about illness and disease in a whole new light.  But with a vaccine on the horizon, should we think about what may come next and how can we be better prepared in the future? What can we do to better co-exist and adapt and can a more positive attitude be of any help?  Join us for an hour where we will be discussing answers to all these questions and more!

Designing a vaccine against “Disease X”

Dr Nic Harmer (Associate Professor in Biochemistry)
Our modern societies are at greater risk of infectious diseases than at any point in history. We do not know when the next infectious disease will arise, but we do know that it will. We can prepare for this by developing technologies that can be rapidly adapted to any new disease. This talk will discuss how vaccines help to give us immunity against infectious diseases. The talk will then discuss some of the technologies that we can use to develop a flexible defence against new diseases.

Disease in a dish

Sophie Hawkins (Postgraduate Research Student, Neurodegenerative Diseases)
Neurodegenerative diseases affect cell types deeply embedded in the nervous system, making them inaccessible until after death. Studying post-mortem tissue gives us insight into the end stages of disease, but what if we need to study the disease progression? How do we identify early markers of the disease, or therapeutic targets? Our research uses stem cells to model neurodegenerative diseases in a dish.

Should we all be more positive about ageing?

Dr Serena Sabatini (Postgraduate Research Student)
A positive attitude to getting older is a resource that helps people with dementia to live well and protects them from feeling depressed. It can be difficult for many people with dementia to feel positive about getting older. The challenge is to find ways of enabling people to feel more positive. One way to achieve this is through promotion of more positive views of ageing throughout society. This talk will explore our relationship with dementia and ageing.

Flash Talk: Little Miss Homeless

Harriet Earle-Brown (Postgraduate Research Student, Geography)
Harriet is a PhD student conducting research with homeless women. She will talk to us about her new book entitled “Little Miss Homeless” written as an output of her current research.

Flash Talk: Movement & Mind: augmented reality and future healthcare

Dr Piotr Slowinski (Research Fellow, Healthcare Technologies)
Movements made by our bodies are controlled by our minds. Some movements are as simple as moving a finger to scroll through a mobile phone display. Others, like gestures and nods, are essential for daily interactions with other people. Brain disease and mental illness change the way we move. I will explain how augmented reality technology can be used to measure changes in movement, how I use data analysis and maths to find patterns in the recordings of movement, and how such patterns could be used to help diagnose brain disease and mental illness.