Wednesday 14, November 2018

#nofilter: Featured Open Session

For our ASCUS Lab Open Session on Saturday the 24th of November we are delighted to announce that we will be joined by kidney science researchers Adrienne Assmus, Oliver Teenan, Hannah Costello, who will spend the day with us sharing current understanding of the kidney and how it works through interactive demos while chatting about how this relates to the research that they do at the BHF Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Edinburgh.

#nofilter: Featured Open Session
Sat, 24th November 2018

Chronic kidney disease is common, with around 3 million people in the UK living with kidney disease. As yet there is no cure therefore research into its causes and future treatments is vital.

How does the kidney filter our blood and what is needed for normal kidney function? What role do salts, sugars and other nutrients found on our blood play as they travel through the kidney, and what is actually going on when the filtering of the blood goes wrong and things that should stay in our body don’t!?

At this featured Open Session our guest researchers will share with you what a healthy kidney does within the body and its role in maintaining stability within the body (homeostasis) and salt regulation. During this taster session you will go on a journey through the different disease states, taking part in demonstrations that show the physiological and functional mechanisms of the kidney, and how changes to these can lead to disease. Our researchers will also share with you how factors such as diet, lifestyle and age can affect kidney function and there will be an opportunity to see kidney sections under the microscope while chatting to the researchers about our current understanding of this complex filtration system.

Note: This event is an informal and experiential event to speak to scientists researching the mechanisms behind kidney function. If you have genuine concerns about your kidney health please see your GP or a medical professional. The tissue and samples for viewing on the day will be research samples from mice provided by scientists conducting research into human health. No tissues have been collected from animals specifically for this workshop.

More info…

Saturday 24th November
11am, 12pm, & 2pm, 3pm
1 hour
Adult + Family (12+)
(U18’s must be accompanied by a guardian)
Recommended but not essential
(spaces are limited so do book to avoid disappointment)
Click and Register
If for reasons outside your control you have registered and are no longer able to make it then please make sure to cancel your registration so that someone else can take your space.

About the researchers

Adrienne Assmus, Oliver Teenan, Hannah Costello, are researchers at the BHF Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Edinburgh.

Adrienne Assmus
Adrienne is a postdoctoral researcher working on kidney physiology and the development of a kidney-on-a-chip (technology device that uses 3D printed structures to model specific functions of the kidney outside the body). She has a background in engineering and specialises in interdisciplinary research.
Oliver Teenan
Oliver is a first year PhD researcher working on the early detection of chronic kidney disease, working to expand current understanding of measurable indicators in the blood (bio-markers) that show the severity or presence of some disease states using focused ultrasound on the kidney.
Hannah Costello
Hannah is a second year PhD researcher investigating the relationship between stress on the body (i.e. an increase in the release of stress hormones) and salt and its implications on blood pressure and kidney function.

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