ASCUS Lab Open Sessions are times when our Lab is open to anyone (artists, scientists or the general public) interested in creative experimentation using the tools of science. Certain skills are necessary to access our Open Sessions and use of our lab equipment, but you can attain these by attending one of our skills workshops or training courses. Open Sessions are self-led and are designed to provide space for participants to put new or existing lab skills into action. During these Open Sessions you will have access to lab bench space and specialist equipment, technician advise will be available but one-to-one training is only available outside of Open Session times.
This is a Featured Open Session where we will be joined by Neuroscience researcher Jemma Pilcher
Ever asked yourself how does your brain work? This question has been puzzling scientists for centuries and will probably continue to do so far into the future. However, there is plenty we do know about the inner workings of the brain. We know the brain is made up of different regions which connect and communicate with each other, and together they can perform complex functions such as learning and memory formation, problem solving and perception. These regions are composed of thousands of cells of different types and with distinct activities.
For our Open Session on Saturday the 22nd (10am-4pm) of July we are delighted to announce that we will be joined by neuroscience researcher Jemma Pilcher, who will spend the day with us sharing the research that she does at University of Edinburgh and providing slides of sections of the brain for participants to observe and explore. This is a unique chance to use the microscopy available in ASCUS Lab to explore the regions and cells of the brain. So join us to hang out in the lab for the day, to chat to Jemma, explore the brain and to find out more about what is happening in the world of neuroscience.
The usual £5 Open Session fee applies
Our lab Open Sessions are run on a Drop-in basis (no booking required)
Note: the brain tissue will be from mice from previously completed experiments, provided by neuroscientists conducting current scientific research into human health
About Jemma and her research
Jemma Pilcher is a Ph.D candidate at the Centre for Neuroregeneration, University of Edinburgh. Her research is focused on the link between cerebral vascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease, with a particular interest in how synapses and neurons degenerate leading to memory loss and cognitive decline. Before moving to Edinburgh, she studied biochemistry at Imperial College London. During this time she partook in an international synthetic biology competition, iGEM, when she developed her passion for science research and the creative ways in which it can be implemented in the real world. In her current research, she hopes to gain a greater insight into the degenerative changes in Alzheimer’s disease and identify potential targets for treating the condition.