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Vaccines, Disease, and Tadpoles

Please note: Events will be held on the ground floor and are 18 years+. Step free access is also available - please ask a steward for assistance.
Past event - 2024
15 May Doors 6.30pm
Event 7.00-9.30pm
The Southsea Village, 81 Palmerston Road,
Portsmouth PO5 3PP
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We'll be exploring the topics of vaccine hesitancy in a world of fake news, neurodivergency in tadpoles, and disease scanners to avoid biopsies and surgery.

Vaccine hesitancy in the era of fake news: a guided trip through scientific misinformation

Dr Alessandro Siani (Associate Head (Students) of the School of Biological Sciences, University of Portsmouth)
In the era of fake news and AI-generated content, it is becoming increasingly difficult to discriminate facts from fiction. In particular, scientific misinformation poses a serious threat to humanity, as it hinders our collective ability to respond to global challenges such as pandemics and climate change. In this talk, Dr Alessandro Siani will discuss how his research on vaccine hesitancy recently caused him to become the target of a fake news story.

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Hoppy Hour: exploring neurodivergence in tadpoles

Tia Fletcher (PhD student in Genetics, University of Portsmouth)
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Disease scanner: If we could avoid biopsies and surgeries

Dr Priyanka Dey (Assistant Professor in Bioanalytical Chemistry, School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth)
Dr Dey’s research group uses a typical analytical tool known as Raman spectroscopy and have significantly modified it for its use as a biomedical technology, to make cancer diagnosis a less painful, biopsy-free and more efficient process. They are developing tiny molecular “trackers” that can be injected into a patient to track and locate different types of cancer, and a specialised Raman instrument that can be used to detect the signal of these trackers from outside of the body.

To achieve this clinically, the team is currently fine-tuning the design of the intelligent trackers, which are made up of tiny but intelligent gold beads, carefully organised into specific structures, and coated with functional molecules.

About the speaker:
Dr Priyanka Dey has recently been named as one of the world’s top 20 rising stars for her work to help speed up cancer diagnosis. She was recognised for her pioneering research to develop technology that can detect and locate cancer in a patient’s body without them having to undergo a surgical biopsy.
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