May 2020

LIVE talk | Getting the Right Dose to the Right Patient: The Challenge of Population Variability | 18:30 (UK time), 2 June 2020.

LIVE streaming at YouTube 18:30 (UK time), 2 June 2020. Summary Looking at a person’s face, we may see their age, gender, ethnicity and perhaps get some idea of their environment – are they smoking, are they rich or poor, do they drink too much?  The proteins in our livers, kidneys, intestines and brains also reflect such differences, and some of these proteins metabolise or transport the drugs we take. Drugs are usually tested on young, healthy, white men, and the doses calculated to be suitable for these volunteers may or may not be suitable for children, other ethnicities, smokers or… Read More »LIVE talk | Getting the Right Dose to the Right Patient: The Challenge of Population Variability | 18:30 (UK time), 2 June 2020.

LIVE talk | Taking Medicines Back To The Future | 18:30 (UK time), 25 May 2020

LIVE streaming at YouTube 18:30 (UK time), 25 May 2020. Summary In the past, penicillin, insulin, the polio and smallpox vaccines, and many other medicines were all developed for the common good, not with profit as the primary aim. Today, big pharma focus is not on the drugs we need, but on drugs that give the biggest return, usually requiring medication for life. That’s why there are no new antibiotics or vaccines – one course of treatment to cure the patient isn’t a blockbuster earner. Big pharma’s grip on the health service and governments suppresses medical breakthroughs, while at the… Read More »LIVE talk | Taking Medicines Back To The Future | 18:30 (UK time), 25 May 2020

Cognition in Schizophrenia: The Missing Piece of the Therapeutic Puzzle.

What kind of mental image springs to mind upon reading the word ‘schizophrenia’? Many envisage individuals locked in dark institutions, plagued by non-existent voices and vivid hallucinations. Fortunately, modern antipsychotic drugs combating symptoms like hallucinations have allowed many patients to successfully function and flourish within their communities. So, why do so many schizophrenia patients still fail to achieve independent living, find employment, and form relationships? Even more alarmingly, why are rates of symptomatic relapse so high? The answer lies in the debilitating cognitive disturbances suffered by patients, too often overlooked by research and – crucially – neglected by current drug therapies. Schizophrenia is a… Read More »Cognition in Schizophrenia: The Missing Piece of the Therapeutic Puzzle.

Didsbury SciBar – Did the Universe really start with a Big Bang? – Online event on the 18th of May at 18:30

Our friends over at Didsbury SciBar are hosting an online talk to be given by Kieran Finn. In this talk Kieran will discuss the Big Bang Theory, the leading scientific theory for the origins of the Universe and a possible answer to the question “Why are we here?”. Kieran will explore the strengths and weaknesses of this popular theory. In addition to recent ideas on how to improve it. The talk is going to be this evening, the 18th of May at 18:30 – Completely free! We have reserved tickets for 20 of our LIVE with Scientists followers using the… Read More »Didsbury SciBar – Did the Universe really start with a Big Bang? – Online event on the 18th of May at 18:30

The Thinking Cap – Quizivity for Primary School Children

As part of our goal to engage audiences underrepresented in current public engagement efforts, the LIVE with Scientists project aims to capture the interest of younger generations. Too often, children and young people are only exposed to science within the constraints of their school curriculum and are never given the opportunity to access the latest scientific developments. We are determined to overcome this barrier, allowing young audiences to explore the forefront of science in a way that is catered to them. After all, this is the first step in inspiring and supporting the next generation of STEM professionals. In line… Read More »The Thinking Cap – Quizivity for Primary School Children