Featured Open Session – with Guest 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, providing slides of sections of the brain for participants to observe and explore. This is a unique chance to use the microscopes available in ASCUS Lab to explore the regions and cells of the brain. So drop in to chat to Jemma and find out more about what is happening in the world of neuroscience today.

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

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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.

Here’s how it went…

On the 22nd of July PhD neuroscience researcher Jemma Pilcher brought along section of the brain from her current research which focuses on how synapses degenerate leading to memory loss and cognitive decline. Here is a response from one audience member on the day, member of the Edinburgh branch of Parkinson’s UK.
‘If you come across something that you think might be of interest to someone living with the condition you are researching, then believe me it will be. That’s what I want you to take away from this today’

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