Science in the Pub

Thursday 13th October 2022 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location/Venue: Blue Ball Inn Sidford EX10 9QL

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Short lively talks with Piotr Slowinski from University of Exeter and Richard Wingate from Kings College London.

Enjoy a drink whilst listening to up to the minute research. Why not book a meal before the event?

Piotr Slowinski, University Of Exeter - I'm a researcher at Wellcome Trust funded Translational Research Exchange @ Exeter (TREE) where I'm using mathematics to build new healthcare technologies. I'm interested in understanding how our behaviour and health are affected by time delays in the nervous system, for example, how reaction times or eye-hand coordination affect our decision-making and daily interactions with people. To investigate these questions, I'm developing mathematical models and new data analysis methods. My ambition is to use mathematics to bring a step-change in the diagnosis and management of neurological and mental disorders.

Something in the way you move: movement, technology and future healthcare Movements are an important part of our behaviour. They are controlled by our minds. Some movements are as simple as moving a finger to scroll through a mobile phone display. Others, like gestures and nods, are essential for daily interactions with other people. Moving 'in sync' makes it easier to communicate and predict the actions of other people. Mental illness (for example, psychosis) changes the way we move. I will explain how new technology (for example augmented or virtual reality) can be used to measure minute changes in movement, how I use data analysis and mathematical models to find patterns in the recordings of movement, and how such patterns could be used to help diagnose mental illness.

Richard Wingate will talk about  Raising the roof: Victorian engineering and the embryonic zebrafish 

Where do structural engineers and biologists find common ground? The role of mechanical forces in shaping the growth of the embryo has become an exciting area of research, but measuring the forces involved at a microscopic level present an enormous challenge. As an engineer and biologist collaboration, we are exploring whether the technique invented by James Clark Maxwell in the 1800’s that underlies the engineering of the roof of the atrium of British Museum can model the growing zebrafish brain.