Remembering Alois Alzheimer

Today is the birthday of Alois Alzheimer, whose groundbreaking research paved the way to the exploration of dementia, 110 years ago.
Since then, the medical profession has made great strides in the provision of care of those afflicted with this memory stealing disease. Alzheimer’s disease may have been identified more than a century ago but much is still yet to be discovered about the precise biologic changes that cause Alzheimer’s. Scientists globally continue to search for answers into the underlying causes and hunt for a cure.

Over the past few years we have provided a number of events for schools and the public which looked at the brain, how it works and what affects its ability to function. We have hosted evenings on mental fitness, held discussions with top psychologists on new treatments for mental health disorders, alchemist cafes featuring a leading Canadian neuroscientist and a performance psychologist and last year we were delighted to deliver a fascinating event to a packed audience entitled ‘The Mind, The Body, The Universe’ which examined how it is all so intrinsically linked.

Alzheimer’s disease is undoubtedly devastating but the brain is truly the most masterful organ in the human body. It not only gives us the ability to think but it also controls an unbelievable number of other tasks such as how we experience emotions, how we talk and behave, move and reason, as well as controlling vital elements such blood pressure and breathing. For centuries, scientists been fascinated by the complexities of the brain, but now due to the increasing pace of neurological research, we are learning a great deal more about its vast functions and capabilities.

If you would like to see more of these type of events which focus on the mind and how it all works, please get in touch. We always love to hear what the public are interested in, we always listen and it makes our task of ensuring we provide only the most informative and enjoyable events that bit easier..

 

Photo: Prof Gary Donohoe, who spoke about the science of the mind at one of our 2014 alchemist cafes.

Another Successful Alchemist Cafe….

Luke in actionThere was lots to learn and plenty of laughs in Athlone Institute of Technology last night as we enjoyed another Alchemist Café with a leading Professor of immunology on the whole subject of Ageing.

“We won’t slow it down, but there are ways to have a healthier old age,” said Professor Luke O’Neill of Trinity College Dublin.

“A big problem with ageing is inflammation or ‘inflammageing’. As you get older, your body gets more inflamed. Your body doesn’t break down toxic by-products as readily, and toxic by-products irritate tissue and cause diseases,” he explained.

Luke was joined by Irish-born scientist Sile Lane, whose role on the night was to encourage people to ask for evidence in every claim they see because many claims are purely a case of clever marketing. Sile came to us from London-based charity Sense about Science, which helps people make sense of both science and evidence.

The event was chaired by award-winning broadcaster Jonathan McCrea and I think its fair to say that we all went home with a lot of food for thought about our lifestyle choices and also the way we think about the world of science…It can be challenging to get people out on a wet night in November but we were really pleased to see so much interest in another great Science Week event.