University of Leicester eBulletin

With Hot Chilli Peppers in Mind...

March 2003
No 79

College students from Leicester and the county are being invited to the University of Leicester for some brain teasers.

They will learn about the workings of the mind at a dedicated symposium to mark national Brain Awareness Week. With the motto 'use it or lose it' the international organisation DANA Alliance for the brain is encouraging scientists across the globe to get out of the laboratory and explain their science to the public.

Amongst the topics will be what scientists have learnt from hot chilli peppers and how to detect and listen to sound.

Led by Professor Ian Forsythe of the Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology – one of the top research departments in the country – a total of 100 A-Level students will find out about some of the latest advances in tackling brain disorders.

Ian will be joined by colleagues Dr Liz Seward and Dr Blair Grubb for the event on Friday, March 14. Together they form a research co-operative funded by the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust which is directed toward understanding brain function.

The programme:

1.30pm            Introduction – Professor Ian Forsythe

1.40pm             Communication! The key to brain function
                         Dr Liz Seward

2.10pm             Ouch! Hot Chilli Peppers… 
                       Dr Blair Grubb

3.10pm             Wired for Sound: Listening to neurones
                         Professor Ian Forsythe

3.50pm             Closing Discussion

The event is being held in the Bennett building link lecture theatre, University of Leicester, on Friday, March 14.  Brain Awareness Week takes place from March 10-16.

NOTE TO NEWSDESK:  Further information is available from Jacky Wetzig, School and Colleges Liaison Officer, telephone 0116 252 2674, and Professor Forsythe, telephone 0116 252 3301 .

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