Other Southampton events

The Secret Life of Cells

Please note this event takes place on the first floor and has no step-free access.
Past event - 2019
21 May Doors open 19:00
Event 19:15-21:30
Slug and Lettuce, 103-105 Above Bar Street,
Southampton SO147FG
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How are diseases diagnosed? How do we know how our lungs work? Do scientists have X-ray vision? (Spoiler: Possibly!)
Come join us for an evening exploring the secret life of cells that make up our body - we’ll cover the ways we figure out how our body works through imaging, and show you some beautiful pictures along the way.

How to make small biology big!

Dave Johnston (Light Microscopy Manager, Biomedical Imaging Unit, University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust)
Most of us have looked down a microscope at some stage of our lives and been fascinated by the beauty of nature that it revealed. Microscopes, sample preparation and imaging technologies have all developed rapidly in recent years, allowing us to look at biology in new and exciting ways that we previously never imagined to be possible.

Tonight we will be exploring the awesome microscope technology available for biomedical research (using light, electrons and X-rays) and the many types of multidimensional image data that we can generate.

Exploring human anatomy with 3D electron microscopy

Jenny Pearson-Farr (PhD Student)
Pregnancies begin when an embryo attaches to the lining of the womb, where it then grows into a baby. The lining of the womb is highly dynamic, and changes throughout the month. Understanding how these changes occur in healthy tissue helps us to learn more about how disease affects the womb lining. In this talk, I will speak about how 3D electron microscopy is used to study the structure of complicated tissues, like the lining of the womb.

Diagnostic Electron Microscopy in the NHS

Patricia Goggin (Electron Microscopist)
Ever wondered what happens to a biopsy taken in clinic? Every year in Southampton more than 45,000 tissue samples are taken from parts of people’s bodies for testing. Most travel through the Cellular Pathology lab where high throughput, fast turnaround diagnosis is done using light microscopes to examine thin slices of tissue on slides, many for cancer diagnosis.
About 1,500 per year end up in the Biomedical Imaging Unit for more specialised imaging. I will describe how we diagnose disorders such as kidney disease and respiratory conditions using electron microscopy

Exploring the lung in three dimensions

Matthew Lawson (PhD Student)
The lungs are critical to life, with each breath they deliver oxygen to the blood which is transported for use by other organs. Traditional clinical scanners do not have the imaging power required to visualise the smallest networks of airways and blood vessels where this gas exchange takes place. Micro-CT is a form of X-ray imaging which can be used to look at lung tissue samples in 3D to see these networks. This talk will focus on what can be seen with this imaging technique in the lungs and how it is increasing our understanding of the lungs.