Public to get a glimpse into cutting edge brain research


University of Leicester scientists are making huge strides in increasing our knowledge of the brain as well as neurological disorders which affect millions of people worldwide. Now, members of the public can get a first-hand look into their fascinating research for Brain Awareness Day on Wednesday, 12 March.

The day forms part of the Brain Awareness Week – a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research organised by philanthropic organisation the Dana Foundation.
University researchers from a range of academic disciplines will share their latest findings in a series of talks from 6pm to 8pm in the Frank & Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Wellcome building, Lancaster Road.
Organisers hope the evening will help the public make informed health-related decisions and will also give an insight into brain research performed day-to-day at University of Leicester.
The evening will include demonstrations of methods and equipment used for understanding how the brain works, and the public will be able to talk to postgraduate researchers about their current work.
Topics will include: 

  • ‘The neuroscience behind how we are able to see and remember’, a talk by Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, of the Centre for Systems Neuroscience  
  • ‘The small bubbles of thought that won a Nobel Prize’, by Vincenzo Marra, of the Department of Cell Physiology & Pharmacology 
  • ‘Relating genes to brain diseases and remedies’, presentation by Ruth Luthi-Carter, of the Department of Cell Physiology & Pharmacology