Oxford alumni and friends are invited to the first Café Scientifique in Hong Kong, supported by the new Hong Kong Maritime Museum and the University of Oxford and featuring the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford.
Do you suffer from headaches? Does back pain keep you up at night? Most of us experience recurring pain at some point in our lives, but how do we know that the pain is real and not just in our minds? Professor Rawlins explains that when it comes to chronic pain, the mind-body interaction holds the key to understanding why it hurts. The pain we feel stems not only from our current health problems, but also from our fear of future pain.PAIN AND THE BRAIN will begin with stories of the most important breakthroughs in the history of neuroscience, setting the stage for a wider discussion about the mind-body interaction and how the study of separate pain circuits in the brain can give rise to new treatments to cure chronic pain.Café Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. They are run in over 30 countries around the world. Cafés start with a short talk (20 - 30 minutes) by the speaker, to introduce the topic. After that there is a short break, to allow glasses to be refilled, followed by an hour or so of questions and answers and general discussion. The talks cover a wide range of topics relating to science - everything from Astronomy to Zoology. They are jargon-free, accessible to all, and extremely interesting! Cafés Scientifiques is a not-for-profit organisation and the talks are free of charge.