Life sciences at Birmingham – what is it and how does it affect me?

27 November 2017 Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP

Academics from the University of Birmingham are coming together for one evening to take people on a journey of discovery that will highlight the innovative research being undertaken at the university.

For more than a century, research from the university has created a major impact on Birmingham, the region and the world. Its early research has had a lasting impact on lives, culture, industry and society. The university’s current research continues to create innovative, grounded and enduring solutions to some of the world’s biggest issues.

In this free event, introduced by Michele Paduano, BBC Midlands Today’s Health Correspondent, people will discover what ‘life sciences’ includes and how this research affects them, the local community and the rest of the world.

Academics will unearth answers to the following questions:

  • How can light-activated technology be used to treat diabetes? - Dr David Hodson, Senior Birmingham Fellow
  • What can viruses teach us about cancer development? - Dr Joanna Parish, Senior Lecturer
  • How can sugar be used to treat burns? - Professor Liam Grover, Professor in Biomaterials Science
  • How can genome sequencing help us tackle Ebola and Zika? - Dr Nick Loman, MRC Research Fellow
  • What are we doing to close the gap on mental health treatment? - Professor Paul Burstow, Professor of Mental Health Policy
  • How can we optimise exercise to improve brain health? Dr Sam Lucas, Lecturer in Exercise and Environmental Physiology.

Refreshments will be made available before the event with an opportunity to meet the speakers after the presentations. For more information about the event and to register, go to the University of Birmingham website