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Neuroscience Open Afternoon

Cardiff University Neuroscience Research Open Afternoon

Date: Monday 15th March 2010 1.30 – 4.30pm

Venue: VJ Gallery, Main Building, Cardiff University (building 39, on the University map)

Programme of Events

•2.00pm - Professor Frank Sengpiel – Welcome by the Chair of Cardiff Neursociences Centre

•2.05pm - Professor Julie Williams – New insights into the causes of Alzheimer's disease

•2.15pm - Professor Nick Craddock – Genes, molecules and mental illness.

•2.25pm - Professor Adrian Harwood – Cells, molecules and drug development

•2.35pm - Professor Anne Rosser - Novel treatments for Huntington's and Parkinson's diseases

•2.45pm – Professor Derek Jones - What can we see with brain imaging techniques?

•2.55pm - Dr Jon Erichsen - Progress in visual neuroscience research.

*********************************************************************************************************************Neursoscience Research demonstrations
There will be seven research demonstrations on display for your interest; giving you the opportunity to chat with our neuroscience researchers.

1. Progress in Huntington's and Parkinson's disease research: How do we repair the brain?
Diseases such as Parkinson's and Huntington's disease are movement disorders caused by the loss of cells in specific regions of the brain. We are a multidisciplinary collaborative group (Principal Investigators: Anne Rosser, Stephen Dunnett, Cathy Holt, Emma Lane) that examine how the transplantation of cells into the damaged areas of the brain can improve the symptoms of the disease.  Our research is aimed at all levels of this process, from manipulating stem cells to make the right cell types, through preclinical assessments to clinical trials in patients.

2. Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia Research 

Learn more about our research investigating how genetic and environmental factors interact to make some people more likely than others to develop mood disorders and psychosis.  To date 3,000 people have helped us with our research, including Stephen Fry.  We are currently trying to find a further 3,000 people with bipolar disorder who are willing to participate in our study to help us learn more about the causes of illness in the hope that this will help scientists to develop better treatments in the future.

3. Alzheimer’s Disease Research
A fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into the considerable progress being made in Alzheimer’s research by Cardiff University scientists.

4. Behavioural Neuroscience
Scientists use a vast range of behavioural tests to understand how each part of the brain works, providing an invaluable insight into ’what has gone wrong’ in various diseases and conditions, such as dementia, Schizophrenia and memory loss.

5. Visual Neuroscience
We aim to provide you with an overview of the multidisciplinary investigations of the eye and visual system taking place at Cardiff, from the molecular to the brain systems level.  These are being undertaken in the hope of devising novel interventions and/or treatments for a variety of eye conditions, such as myopia, glaucoma, optic neuropathy, and vision problems, such as eye movement disorders.  

6-7. Non-Invasive Brain Scanning
Several cutting-edge centres exist within Cardiff University to perform 3D non-invasive scanning and study of the brain and two of these centres will demonstrate how they are revolutionising neuroscience research;
• The Experimental Magnetic Resonance Imaging  Centre (EMRIC)
• The Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging Centre


Neuroscience Research Tours

Visitors can register for one of these three organised tours.

• Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC)
Located in the School of Psychology, CUBRIC is one of the first facilities in the UK devoted to pioneering advanced brain scanning techniques capable of mapping the structure and function of the healthy and impaired brain

• Confocal and Electron Microscopy Unit
3 D Microscopic imaging is another important tool for the neuroscientist and is located in the neighbouring School of Biosciences.  This tour will introduce the visitor to these highly advanced microscopes and the functional insights, which can be obtained from this technology.

• DNA Sequencing Facility
This Facility, also located in the School of Biosciences, applies genetics and genomics to understanding the causes of major psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders.  This tour will showcase cutting edge technology and computer analysis involved.