When: Thursday 17 June 2021
What time: 1 – 2:30pm BST
Where: Online (Zoom Webinar)
At this event we’re giving you chance to go behind the scenes of dementia research labs in Oxford and Reading. Scientists from our Thames Valley Research Network will give you an insight into what life is like inside a busy lab, and will be showing examples of their experiments and work. Jane Thomas, an Oxford poet, will be performing a piece that she has written specially for this event. Everyone will then be on hand to answer your questions during the live Q&A session.
The event will take place online on Zoom, and it is free to attend. It is open to everyone, and no previous knowledge of dementia or research is required.
Dr Mark Dallas is an Associate Professor and leads a dementia research group at the University of Reading. As Coordinator of the Thames Valley Research Network, he will give a brief overview of the range of dementia research currently taking place across the network and highlight particular successes.
Jane Thomas is an Oxford poet who is currently working on a pamphlet on the subject of Alzheimer’s, combining her lived experience with insight from researchers and clinicians working in the field. In 2020 she was commended in The Poetry Society Stanza Competition and shortlisted in the Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition. Jane will be performing a poem specially written for this event called Your Brain.
Dr Franziska Guenther is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford. She will take you behind the scenes of our Oxford Drug Discovery Institute, where scientists are trying to develop new treatments for dementia. She will show you the journey from how a molecule is made through to how it is tested and characterised to see if it holds potential as a treatment.
Dr Nora Bengoa-Vergniory is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. She will be showing us how scientific advances are helping to build our understanding of the diseases that cause dementia. Nora will showcase live brain cells created from donated skin cells using stem cell technology. She will talk about how she uses this technology to study how and why toxic protein clumps form in the brain in dementia, and how different brain cells respond.
Dr Francesco Tamagnini is a Neurophysiologist and Lecturer in Pharmacology at the University of Reading. He will talk about his research measuring the electrical signals sent by nerve cells in the brain, and how these signals change in Alzheimer’s and other dementias. He will show the specialist equipment and techniques he uses in his experiments to measure how nerve cells are working - patch-clamp and 2-photon imaging.