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Talks and Q&A with Prof Stephen Wharton, Prof Kurt De Vos and Dr Steve Quinn from our Yorkshire Research Network.

Our speakers share insights from their work studying the brain using microscopes. From understanding interactions between molecules of toxic proteins, through to how these tiny changes affect the vital cells of the brain, and what this means for the diseases that cause dementia.
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Dr Steve Quinn

Dr Steve Quinn is a lecturer in biophysics at University of York and an Alzheimer’s Research UK Research Fellow. In his work, he harnesses cutting-edge technology that uses the properties of light to detect and understand biological particles a thousand times smaller than the width of a human hair. This is revolutionising our understanding of Alzheimer’s, by allowing researchers like him to study how individual toxic protein molecules interact and understand the very earliest stages of the disease. In his talk, he will share his insights into how proteins cluster in Alzheimer’s, and how this technology enables researchers searching for potential new treatments for the disease.

Prof Stephen Wharton

Prof Stephen Wharton is a Professor of Neuropathology at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) at the University of Sheffield. He is also a diagnostic neuropathologist for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. He leads a group that studies donated human brain tissue to understand more about the diseases that cause dementia. His work has focused on identifying different types of cell damage that may contribute to dementia and examining how different types of damage may combine.  He will share how his work aims improve our understanding of the biology of dementia, identify key cell changes and provide better indicators of dementia.

Prof Kurt De Vos

Prof Kurt De Vos is a Professor in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience at University of Sheffield. He leads a group that focuses on small structures within cells that have specific jobs to perform in the cell. They study how changes to these structures and how they are transported around the cell are linked with different types of dementia, such as frontotemporal dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

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