As part of Brighton Science Festival, we present Cafe Sci Extra:
There is a lot of publicity for the new technology of gene editing (CRISPRs), a very precise method for making genetic changes in any organism. The use of gene editing has revitalised research in both crop and animal agriculture aimed at introducing planned genetic changes. Is gene editing different from previous GM technologies and what are the benefits and risks of these technologies in plant and animal breeding? The speaker will discuss some recent examples of applications and the issues of regulation and public acceptance.
Prof. Helen Sang grew up in Brighton. Her research career has taken her to Cambridge, Harvard and Edinburgh universities. She was then appointed as Principal Investigator at The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. Here, her main research focus has been the development of technologies for genetic modification of the chicken, which are applied in basic biomedical research, biotechnology and investigating the potential for developing disease resistance in production chickens. Her research has been supported by the BBSRC, MRC, Wellcome Trust and industry. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Please note that this is a ticketed event. Book tickets here:
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3626934 (also available on the door)
Free to students aged 14-19.
The cafe-bar will be open before the talk. Come early and join us for a drink and a chat.
The human brain - what can quantitative MRI tell us? with Dr Mara Cercignani
Most people are familiar with the use of MRI in routine care: a machine that takes extremely detailed photos of our internal organs. Less is known about the use of MRI as a scientific technique that can measure brain structure and function. In this talk, Mara will explain the concept of quantitative MRI, provide some example applications and discuss the potential use of quantitative MRI in the study of the healthy and diseased brain.
Mara Cercignani has worked in the field of MRI for nearly 20 years. She has a background in electronic engineering, but her work has led her to develop a keen interest in biology and neuroscience. She currently works at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, where she heads the Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre.