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The University of Southampton
Institute for Life Sciences

Making up my Mind: Where are my Neurons? Event

Origin: 
Biological Sciences
Time:
18:30 - 21:30
Date:
25 May 2016
Venue:
The Ship Inn, 41 Old Redbridge Road, Old Redbridge, Southampton, SO15 0NN, United Kingdom

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Event details

What actually happens to your brain when you have dementia? How close are researchers to pinpointing what goes wrong and developing new treatments? Come along, find out and let us put your brain to the test.Pint of Science & Elsevier pub quiz prizes. Kindly sponsored by: Alzheimer's Research UK, Elsevier & the Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS) - https://www.southampton.ac.uk/ifls/index.page - of the University of Southampton.

Diego

Alzheimer’s: can we cure it?

Dr Diego Gomez-Nicola (Career Track Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, MRC NIRG Research Fellow)

Our brain is the most exciting organ of all. It allows us to talk, sing, paint and many other things that make us human beings. But these features come at a price: we suffer from diseases like Alzheimer’s, which erases all the things in our brain that make us so special. But, what can science do to fight this devastating disease off? How far are we from finding a cure for Alzheimer’s? In his talk, Diego will talk us about what causes our brain to degenerate and how research is getting closer to tackling Alzheimer’s.

Dementia is a disease of building up waste in the brain

Dr Roxana Carare (Associate Professor of Clinical Anatomy)

Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common form of dementia, affects more than 850,000 people in the UK alone and costs £17 billion annually in care and treatment. Our results show that tiny channels about a millionth of the thickness of a strand of hair in the walls of the blood vessels of our brain are the pathways for drainage of waste from the brain. By protecting these channels and understanding how they work we will also be able to protect our community from developing dementia.

Speaker information

Dr Diego Gomez-Nicola,Career Track Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, MRC NIRG Research Fellow

Dr Roxana Carare,University of Southampton,Associate Professor of Clinical Anatomy

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