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Our sensation spectaculaire series ends with a night all about sight! Looking back in history, we will trace the developments in imaging animals, and see how prehistoric men and cave drawings were influenced by acoustics. With an accompanying art piece we will find out how a dementia patients sees the world. 3D bacterial sculptures will be back, together with a light perception camera obscura box!
Telling the story of dementia with science and art
Mr James Quinn (PhD student)
It is currently predicted that 131.5 million people worldwide will live with dementia by 2050. There’s an urgent need to understand the mechanisms of the disease, both for treatment and prevention. Here, with an art piece inspired by conversations between artist and scientist, we will describe how dementia patients see the world differently. See how protein changes in the brain and blood allow us to understand the causes of dementia, and how these findings can be used as markers to track disease progression, predict onset and differentiate between different types of dementia.
The history - and future - of imaging animals
Dr Russell Garwood (Lecturer in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences)
Throughout their history, humans have portrayed animals in different ways. This talk will provide a whistle-stop tour of how this has changed through time. We’ll look at developments in both science and art over time, how developing technology has changed the way we image and document what we see. Join us as we highlight some cutting edge methods for capturing the anatomy of living and fossil creatures, with some case studies highlighting how these approaches can help us understand the history of life itself.