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Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique Manchester

Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context.

Cafe Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues, not a shop window for science. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable.

When: 7.30pm on the last Thursday of every month

Where: The MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, M4 1HN 

Date 29 June 2017
Title Cafe Scientifique - Pouring oil over troubled retinas
Speaker Dr Victoria Kearns

Date: 29 June 2017

Time: 19:30-21:30

Place: MadLab, Manchester, M4 1HN

Speaker: Dr Victoria Kearns

Key Words: Bioengineering, retinal implants, stem cell therapies, macular degeneration

Bioengineering has the potential to help prevent sight loss. This talk will concentrate on its uses in the back of the eye, where it can help design electrical retinal implants, new ways to deliver medicines to the back of the eye, and is a crucial part of new stem cell therapies that offer promise to millions of people with age-related macular degeneration.

The speaker

Dr Victoria Kearns is a Lecturer in Ocular Biomaterials at The University of Liverpool. She is interested in developing novel, biomaterial-based ocular drug delivery systems and models (in vitro and in silico) to test them. This work involved biomaterials, chemistry, engineering, imaging and computer modelling, supported by input from clinical and industrial collaborators.

She has expertise in the modification and characterisation of biomaterial substrates. Of particular interest is the optimisation of surfaces to be used to grow cells for engineering tissue. This involves using a range of techniques. She also has expertise in the isolation and expansion of primary ocular cells.

Date 27 July 2017
Title Cafe Scientifique - Molecules and Medicines
Speaker Dr Sam Butterworth

Date: 27 July 2017

Time: 19:30-21:30

Place: MadLab, Manchester, M4 1HN

Speaker: Dr Sam Butterworth

Key Words: Molecules, Medicines, drug

Sam will discuss some of the science behind drug molecules; in particular how their chemical structure controls their biological effects, and how we can try to use this knowledge to find more effective drugs.

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The speaker

Sam Butterworth is a Senior Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Manchester. Sam¹s research group works on applying synthetic and biological chemistry to develop new biologically active compounds that allow us to understand and hopefully treat human disease.

Before working as an academic he spent 8 years at the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, during which time played a leading role in the discovery of a targeted anti-cancer agent (osimertinib), that has been approved for treatment of late stage lung cancer in the US and Europe.

Date 28 September 2017
Title Cafe Scientifique - Myth and Science of Sleep
Speaker Professor Graham Law

28 September 2017 at 19:30pm, MadLab, Manchester, M4 1HN

By the age of three, you have slept for at least 10,000 hours which makes you an expert at sleeping. So why is it, with all this expertise, that so many people have difficulty with their sleep? Our society is slowly beginning to recognise the problems we all have with sleep and how this affects our lives, health and wellbeing.

Join sleep scientist Graham Law as he explores the myths that surround sleep: some myths that are informative and helpful, others that are incorrect, and some that are positively damaging and counterproductive.

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The speaker

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Professor Graham Law is a sleep scientist at the University of Lincoln with over 25 years of research experience, having published over 90 research papers on health and medicine. He has set up the Sound Asleep Laboratory, which is working towards methods to improve sleep in a way that will have a significant effect on sleep health and wellbeing. Graham was elected to the executive committee of the British Sleep Society and is a member of the UK Biobank Expert group on sleep.

Organisers: Bo YaoDeborah Talmi, Ayse Latif

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