Sunday 23, September 2018

The Heart Explored: Form & Function

On Saturday 27th of January we are delighted to be joined again in ASCUS Lab by cardiovascular science PhD researchers Rebecca Wafer, Teodora Aldea and Emmanouil Solomonidis, who will share different aspects of their research at the The British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Edinburgh.

The Heart Explored: Form & Function
4pm-7pm, Sat 27th Jan 2018

Cardiovascular disease kills one person every three minutes in the UK, therefore research into its causes and future treatments is vital. Come along to this unique workshop during which the researchers themselves will guide you through some of the fascinating scientific processes they use everyday to image the heart! You will be able to follow the whole process from start to finish of what it takes to make your very own heart section slide followed by staining, all the way through to imaging it on the microscopes. You will also be able to chat to the researchers in depth about heart structure and function and uncover the changes that can happen as a result of disease. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore what a healthy heart really looks like from the inside out.

Note: the tissue and samples being used on the day will be from mice and zebrafish provided by cardiovascular scientists conducting scientific research into human health. Part of this activity also includes dissection of a pigs heart.

What will be covered:

SECTIONING A SAMPLE
STAINING A MOUNTED SAMPLE
BRIGHTFIELD MICROSCOPY
INTRO TO FLUORESCENCE MICROSCOPY


About the researchers

Rebecca Wafer, Teodora Aldea and Emmanouil Solomonidis, are Ph.D candidates at the Centre for Cardiovascular Science, University of Edinburgh.

Rebecca Wafer’s research focuses on the genetic regulation of fat and how different characteristics of fat influence disease risk.
Teodora Aldea’s research is focused on visceral or ‘bad’ fat, which surrounds internal organs and is closely linked to cardiovascular disease.
Emmanouil Solomonidis’s research is looking at mechanisms of blood vessel formation following a heart attack and whether these can help develop future heart regeneration therapies.

Here’s how it went…

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