My Beating Heart: Featured Open Session

For our ASCUS Lab Open Session on Saturday the 21st of July we are delighted to announce that we will be joined by cardiovascular science PhD researchers Benjamin Thomas, Holly Woodward, Finnius Bruton and Tanguy Blehaut, who will spend the afternoon with us exploring how we experience our own heart beat through live and interactive demos while chatting about how this relates to the research that they do at BHF Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Edinburgh.


My Beating Heart: Featured Open Session
Sat, 21st Jul 2018

Cardiovascular disease kills one person every three minutes in the UK therefore research into its causes and future treatments is vital. At this featured Open Session you will get a taste of what researchers are currently exploring to further our understanding of how the heart works and what they are researching to try to better understand what is actually happening when things go wrong. How does our body create the electrical impulses needed for normal heart function? How do the muscles contract and relax endlessly throughout our lives? What actually happens to these electrical impulses and muscle contractions when we push our body through exercise and/or movement and what makes them speed up or slow down!?

Have you ever seen your own heart beat? Or heard it with your own ears? During this taster session you will get the unique opportunity to have a sensory experience of your own heart and understand more about how they do what they do. We will use ultrasound to see our hearts beating in real time and stethoscopes to hear our hearts beating. There will also be the opportunity to see heart sections under the microscope and chat to the researchers about our current understanding of our hearts. Come along and learn more about this tireless workhorse in all of us.

Note: This event is an informal and experiential event to speak to scientists researching the mechanisms behind heart function. If you have genuine concerns about your heart health please see your GP or a medical professional.

The tissue and samples for viewing on the day will be research samples from mice and zebrafish provided by cardiovascular scientists conducting scientific research into human health. No tissues have been collected from animals specifically for this workshop.

More info…

Saturday 21st July
11pm, 12pm, & 2pm, 3pm
1 hour
Adult + Family
(U18’s must be accompanied by a guardian)
Recommended but not essential
(spaces are limited so do book to avoid disappointment)
Eventbrite - ASCUS Lab Cardiovascular Science Featured Open Session

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

Benjamin Thomas, Holly Woodward, Finnius Bruton and Tanguy Blehaut, are Ph.D candidates at the Centre for Cardiovascular Science, University of Edinburgh.

Benjamin Thomas
On a short term reduced-calorie diet, males lose fat and get better at processing their blood sugar, but females lose muscle and don’t get better at processing their blood sugar. My research is trying to find out why this is the case.
Holly Woodward One of the reasons the heart fails is because it stiffens, this is partly due to calcium deposits. Testosterone may accelerate calcium building up in your heart and blood vessels, which maybe why men have a higher rate of heart disease. My PhD is investigating how this happens.
Finnius Bruton
My research is focused on understanding how the immune system controls repair and regeneration of hearts after injuries such as heart attacks
Tanguy Blehaut
As we get older, our blood vessels become more and more clogged up with fat, which can lead to a heart attack. My research looks at new ways to stop fat accumulating in blood vessels, in order to prevent a heart attack from happening.

Here’s how it went…

On the Saturday the 21st of July we welcomed a new group of cardiovascular researchers into ASCUS Lab to have a sensory exprerience of their own heart, listening to it beat through a stethascope, seeing it’s valves move through ultrsound and confronting it’s elctrical activity in real time. Check out the photos below to get a glipmse of what happened. We will be running this activity for a second time on Saturday the 20th of October so if you missed it this time then sign up for this next FREE event here: My Beating Heart

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