18th January – Psychedelic Medicine: past, present and future – Prof Jo Neill

RESCHEDULED DATE – 18th JAN 2021 Prof Jo Neill will discuss psychedelic medicine. She will focus on psilocybin (the active component of magic mushrooms). Together we will explore the history of its use, the drug laws that impede research at all levels, how and why this research was stopped, and recent re-emergence of this work. Read more about 18th January – Psychedelic Medicine: past, present and future – Prof Jo Neill[…]

15th June – Alzheimer’s Disease – What goes wrong in the brain? – Dr Michael Harte

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a physical disease that affects the brain. It is named after Alois Alzheimer, the doctor who first described it in 1906. AD is a chronic neurodegenerative (loss of brain cells) disease that usually starts slowly and gradually worsens over time. With current treatments for AD only providing temporary symptomatic benefits, disease Read more about 15th June – Alzheimer’s Disease – What goes wrong in the brain? – Dr Michael Harte[…]

18th May – Did The Universe Really Start With A Big Bang? – Kieran Finn

WHY ARE WE HERE? This question has been argued about by people in pubs throughout history. But now, thanks to cutting-edge telescopes, we can start to address it in a rigorous, scientific way. In this talk Kieran Finn from the University of Manchester will discuss the Big Bang Theory, which is the leading scientific theory Read more about 18th May – Did The Universe Really Start With A Big Bang? – Kieran Finn[…]

16th September – Discovering New Ways to Tackle Dementia – Prof. David Brough

Our immune system protects us against infection and promotes repair. However, during disease our immune system can also turn against us and make disease worse. This is true in Alzheimer’s disease. My lab at the University of Manchester aims to understand damaging immune responses and how we can block them during disease. Ultimately the research Read more about 16th September – Discovering New Ways to Tackle Dementia – Prof. David Brough[…]

15th July – Building Brains – Prof. Steven Furber

Understanding the brain remains as one of the great frontiers of science – how does this organ upon which we all so critically depend perform its function as an information processing system? The SpiNNaker (Spiking Neural Network Architecture) platform has been developed to support real-time modelling of large-scale brain subsystems with the objective of accelerating Read more about 15th July – Building Brains – Prof. Steven Furber[…]

17th June – Our Changing Rivers and the Menace of Microplastics – Professor Jamie Woodward

Professor Jamie Woodward, Professor of Physical Geography and Head of the Department of Geography at The University of Manchester, will tell us about research in the Department of Geography at the University of Manchester which has shone a light on a new contamination issue in UK rivers. Microplastics are present in all the rivers of Read more about 17th June – Our Changing Rivers and the Menace of Microplastics – Professor Jamie Woodward[…]

16th July 2018 – Engineering Bio-Fuels of the Future – Nigel Scrutton

Biofuels were once heralded as fuels of the future. But growing biomass for fuel consumes agricultural land and requires energy dependent processing – it fails to deliver. Water borne algae were considered a superior alternative but have failed to deliver commercially attractive solutions. New opportunities are now emerging from the new science of Synthetic Biology Read more about 16th July 2018 – Engineering Bio-Fuels of the Future – Nigel Scrutton[…]

23rd April 2018 – Of Flies and Men: How tiny insects changed the world of Biology – Professor Andreas Prokop and Mr Sanjai Patel

‘Of flies and men: How tiny insects changed the world of biology’. Speakers: Andreas Prokop, Professor for Cellular & Developmental Neurobiology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester and Mr Sanjai Patel, Fly Facility manager. Ten researchers have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine & Physiology for discoveries made in tiny fruit flies. We Read more about 23rd April 2018 – Of Flies and Men: How tiny insects changed the world of Biology – Professor Andreas Prokop and Mr Sanjai Patel[…]

19th March 2018 – A Story of Radioactivity: A Glowing Tale – Dr Louise Natrajan

We are pleased to announce that on 19th March we have Dr Louise Natrajan from University of Manchester’s School of Chemistry coming to speak to us. ‘A Story of Radioactivity: A Glowing Tale’ Shortly after the discovery of radioactivity it was thought to have health benefits, yet now it is considered harmful. Electricity production from Read more about 19th March 2018 – A Story of Radioactivity: A Glowing Tale – Dr Louise Natrajan[…]