Around one in six people In Scotland will have a stroke at some point, with about 12,500 having one every year. The damage caused by a stroke can be widespread and long lasting, and rehabilitation can be slow but it is the topic of much on-going scientific research. Join Dr Nick Ward from the stroke research group at the UCL Institute of Neurology as he explores the reorganisation of brain networks to support recovery; and hear from Dr Gillian Mead from The University of Edinburgh who will discuss the importance of exercise after a stroke.
Directly or indirectly, most of us will be affected by heart disease at some time, and it is the main cause of death in Scotland. But what causes a heart attack and how is science helping to defeat this killer disease? In the first of our 2014 Healthy Lunches series – in which we explore important health-related topics in vibrant lunchtime events – Dr Peter Henriksen and Dr Nick Mills, cardiologists at Edinburgh Heart Centre explore how scientific endeavour and research has driven our understanding of the causes of coronary heart disease and led to the selection of safer and better treatment.
Prof Richard Wiseman’s entertaining and informative beginners guides are back for another year... Join Richard in discussion with earth scientist and broadcaster Hermione Cockburn (BBC, Coast) as they travel back through geological time to find out about our planet’s fascinating past. Along the way discover how geology began here in Edinburgh 200 years ago, what it takes to become a fossil, who found the first dinosaur and why landscapes look the way they do.
Scotland is recorded as having the highest prevalence of multiple sclerosis in the world, with around 10,000 people living with the condition. But why is this? And what might the sun (or lack of it) have to do with it? Our informative Healthy Lunches series continues with researchers from the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic in Edinburgh exploring the impacts, advances and future outlooks for this condition and Anne Brown, a Scots writer living with Multiple Sclerosis, reading from her informative and comical blog for the MS Society.
Our Healthy Lunches series continues with an exploration of Alzheimer’s disease. The most common cause of dementia, and one for which there is as yet no cure, little is currently known about its causes but we do know that Alzheimer’s Disease has far-reaching impacts on patients, their families and carers. Dr Gayle Doherty from the University of St Andrews will give an insight into recent research on the origins and ways to treat the disease while Puppetry in Dementia Care author Karrie Marshall will explain her interesting and intriguing belief in the role of creativity in caring for people with dementia.
Venue: Summerhall: Histology
Arduino is easy to use and based on flexible hardware and software, making it a fun introduction to computer programming. This session will show you how Arduinos use sensors to detect and respond to changes in their environment, allowing you to create your very own programmes using sound, movement and flashing lights. Presented by Edinburgh Napier University.
Our new Food for Thought series lets you get your teeth into some essential science in your lunch break. In the first helping, Russell Foster, Professor of Circadian Neuroscience at the University of Oxford and President of the British Neuroscience Association presents a bite-sized overview of the science of sleep. What is it? Why do we need it? How much is enough? And, with sleep disorders and deprivation becoming more prevalent in our stressful lives, what happens when we don’t get enough?
More Food for Thought as our short sessions of science for your lunch break continue. Studies of the environmental shifts that took place during the Quaternary Period Ice Age have revolutionised our understanding of Earth’s landscapes and ecosystems. Join Jamie Woodward, Prof of Physical Geography at the University of Manchester for a bite-sized overview of the Ice Age in which he explores the evolution of ideas, major debates and research methods used to investigate this fascinating era of our geological past.
Food for Thought lets you get your teeth into some science on your lunch break; this time tackling physical chemistry with respected popular science writer Prof Peter Atkins of the University of Oxford. In this bite-sized yet insightful introduction to a branch of chemistry often perceived as daunting Peter takes in physics, mathematics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistics, explaining in the process the cultural contributions physical chemistry has made to our understanding of the natural world.
In the 1950s and 60s, scientists – and science fiction writers – predicted that intelligent robots would by now be integral to our lives. Despite failing to quite live up to these expectations, robotics has in fact had huge successes: from planetary exploration to manufacturing, storage and deliveries and now to first steps in our homes and hospitals. The latest in our Food for Thought series lets you get your teeth into some science in your lunch break as Prof Alan Winfield from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the University of the West of England presents his bite-sized introduction to robotics.