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Underwater cardiology - Dolphins, Sharks & Zebrafish

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Past event - 2019
21 May Doors open 6:30 pm
Start 7:00 pm
End 9:30 pm
The Princess Victoria, 217 Uxbridge Road,
London W12 9DH
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What can dolphins teach us about sudden cardiac death? Why is the Greenland Shark almost immortal? How are Zebrafish helping to heal broken human hearts? Dive into an evening of talks on the fascinating world of underwater cardiology.

What is the sea-cret to eternal life?

Dr Daniel Brayson (Research Fellow)
The Greenland Shark has recently been discovered as the longest living vertebrate species on the planet, with some living to over 500 years old. In this talk Daniel will discuss what makes this remarkable species so robust and long-lived and whether we can learn anything about human ageing in the process.

What nearly killed Fabrice Muamba? Dolphins, diving and sudden death

Prof. Mike Shattock (Professor of Cellular Cardiology)
In 2012, Fabrice Muamba nearly died on the football pitch during a Premier League game. He was saved by the extraordinary skills, speed and perseverance of the paramedics.
In all sports, the incidence of sudden death remains disproportionately high. Cold-water immersion is a potent trigger for sudden death in vulnerable individuals. This lecture will explain some of the possible reasons for this and will include demonstrations of why a big heart is dangerous and why cold-water immersion triggers some strong cardiac reflexes! This lecture will change the way you run into the sea!

Of fish and men - how zebrafish help us beat heart disease

Dr Caroline Pellet- Many & Laura Wisniewski (Senior Research associate and PhD Student at UCL)
Zebrafish, unlike humans, can regenerate tissue after complex injuries like heart attacks. Our lab has recently shown that the interplay between nerves and blood vessels are key to forming new healthy tissue. The protein neuropilin regulates both these cell types. In Zebrafish missing this protein, their heart repair mechanism does not work properly and hearts look much more like those of heart attack survivors. We are trying to understand the mechanisms involved in the regenerative process with the aim of developing a therapy to reduce the impact of such traumatic injuries to humans.