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.