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Legal highs. Antioxidants. Cell therapies. Metal ions. You might have heard of these, but what actually are they and how do they affect us and the world around us? Join us as we explore the complex interface between chemistry and biology. Please note: this event takes place on the first floor and has no step free access.
Metals on my mind
Dr Michelle Ma (Lecturer in Imaging Chemistry)
Metals are essential to all life processes: they enable plants to make sugar to power the food chain, and they allow animals to use oxygen to survive and function. Over a pint, we’ll discuss how metal chemistry enables complexity and variety in life.
Reprogramming immune cells to kill cancer
Dr Francis Man (Research Associate in Radiochemistry and Biology)
Current treatments for cancer include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. A new player in the field is cellular immunotherapy. In this talk, we'll peek into the future of precision medicine, looking at how T cells kill cancer cells and how we can genetically reprogram them to target specific cancer types.
The antioxidant trap
Dr Filipa Mota (Research Associate in Radiochemistry and Biology)
Our cells produce reactive oxygen species which have been linked to a number of conditions including cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The simplistic notion that antioxidant supplements or cleansing juices will protect or cure us from these diseases is however unattainable. What if instead we use antioxidants as a diagnosis probe? We’ll discuss pills, juices, and fluorescent hearts.
From cocaine to gogaine
Dr Vincenzo Abbate (Senior Scientist at the Drug Control Centre)
What are the “Legal Highs”? are they safe for you just because they are legal? Join us for a trip into the world of emerging recreational drugs.