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Sleep and Other Drugs

Please note that the function room is on the first floor with no step-free access. Gender neutral toilets are available. Under 18s are permitted to attend this event.
Past event - 2019
20 May Doors 19:00
Event: 19:30-21:30
The Greenbank, 57 Bellevue Road,
Bristol BS5 6DP
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"Drugs are bad for you" is the slogan we've heard since childhood. But what if, under the right circumstances, they could actually help someone? After all, medicines are drugs, and they're generally good. Could recreational drugs also have positive effects? But before the evening ends and we go home to sleep, we'll also hear whether we could sleep better, and whether we can blame our parents for a bad night of sleep. 

Sleep in your genes? Overnight brain waves in health and disease

Matt Jones (Professor of Neuroscience)
Sleep has been getting a lot of press recently. Apparently, many of us don’t sleep well – but what is sleep for? What does “good sleep” look like? Does “bad sleep” put us at risk, or contribute to nightmares like Alzheimer’s or schizophrenia? Can I just blame whoever it was who gave me these pesky genes? Is wearing a fancy gadget on your wrist going to help? What about a fancy headband that zaps your brain while you doze?
Please join me for a brain’s eye view of the hot, overnight action that is sleep.

Are drugs of abuse the solution to treating major depression?

Emma Robinson (Professor of Psychopharmacology)
The FDA recently licensed the use of a ketamine-based treatment for major depression. Unlike previous antidepressant therapies, ketamine has been shown to induce rapid antidepressant effects which can last up to 2 weeks after a single treatment. These exciting new developments not only provide an alternative treatment for patients who fail to respond to current medications but also provide new insights into potential mechanisms which contribute to the disease. This talk will discuss studies focusing on neuropsychological mechanisms in depression and the effects of various antidepressants.
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