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The Development of the Human Body

Please note this event takes place on the first floor and sorry there is no step-free access but there is an accessible toilet
Past event - 2018
16 May Doors open at 18:30
Start time 19:00
End time 21:30
The Grain and Hop Store, 69 Regent St,
Cambridge CB2 1AB
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The development of the human body from a single fertilised egg is a complex process, which can be difficult to study. Because of this, researchers have found innovative ways of studying human development. Come and learn how Cambridge scientists are studying the beginnings of life in Petri dishes, and what they are discovering. This event has been kindly supported by Abcam.

Growing Brains in a Dish - How and Why

Iva Kevala (Postdoctoral researcher)
Growing brains in a dish, or minibrains, as we like to call them, is an amazing new method, which allows us to track the development of human and other species’ brains as never before. How do we make these brains grow, and what are the questions we would like to answer using them? Can these brains feel and think? Is the method dangerous from an ethical point of view? Come and find out about our work on brain development and evolution and enjoy a pint of beer with it.

Gene Activity in Human Development

Peter Rugg-Gunn (Researcher - Group leader)
During early development, the human embryo undergoes a transition where
cells become specialised and are orientated to be the building blocks of
the future body. Epigenetic processes that control gene activity have
instructive roles in these events. My talk will discuss how epigenetic
changes silence whole chromosomes in human embryos, choreograph DNA
folding, and influence how cells specialise.

Embryology 2.0: The Beginnings of Life in a Dish

Marta Shahbazi (Postdoctoral researcher)
The journey of human development is initiated with the fertilization of the egg. With the advent of assisted reproduction this journey may begin in a dish. The fertilized human egg develops in vitro until day 5-6, when it is transferred to the mother to allow implantation into the uterus and developmental progression. But what happens if instead of transferring the embryo we culture it longer? And if we dissociate the embryo into its building blocks -the stem cells- could we build the embryo back? Let’s explore the self-organizing properties of human embryos and embryonic stem cells.
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