Medical Research Council centenary
The University is hosting a series of public events to mark the 100th birthday of the Medical Research Council (MRC).
Academics throughout the University are celebrating the developments and discoveries that have taken place at Edinburgh in partnership with the MRC.
Centenary open week
From the 20-26 June, the University will host a number of events as part of the Centenary Open Week.
Public events include debates, informative stand-up comedy nights, an interactive maze, informal talks, exhibitions and a film screening.
Tour and film screening
The MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine is staging a tour.
On the evening of 25 June, members of the local community are invited to the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine Building in Little France.
After a guided tour, guests will watch a screening of the documentary, Stem Cell Revolutions.
Created in collaboration of University scientists and artists, the film was awarded the 2012 Tam Dalyell Prize for Excellence in Engaging the Public at this year’s Science Festival.
The film tracks the rapid advances made in stem cell research with scientific explanations illustrated by intricate hand-drawn animations by ECA graduate Cameron Duguid.
The screening will be followed by an informal question and answer session with Centre Director Professor Charles ffrech-Constant and the film’s Scientific Director, Professor Clare Blackburn.
Event details - Stem Cell Revolutions screening
Tuesday 25 June 2013, 6.30pm
Tuesday 25 June 2013, 9.30pm
Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine Building, Little France
Investigating the ageing mind
Researchers at the MRC Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE) are hosting two events on 26 June - an interactive tour followed by an evening debate.
"Amaze your brain" is the theme of the open day event.
Visitors will navigate a brain maze where each stage represents a new decade and explores a different aspect of cognition.
Visitors will negotiate a maze that follows one person's journey through 10 decades of life, looking at how the brain changes throughout that lifetime and how scientists at the CCACE measure those changes.
Event details: Amazing Brain open day hosted by CCACE
Ageing mind debate
An evening debate will pit the wisdom of age against the youthful mind.
The debate will be chaired by broadcaster Sally Magnusson and CCASE Director Professor Ian Deary.
Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament Kyle Thornton, aged 19, will propose that wisdom of age trumps the speed of youth. Veteran parliamentarian Tam Dalyell will oppose this view during what should be a lively discussion.
Event details: Ageing mind debate
Tickets are free of charge.The debate is followed by a wine and canapés reception in the Psychology Building.
Wednesday 26 June 2013, 6.30pm
Wednesday 26 June 2013, 7.30pm
George Square Lecture Theatre, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH
Academics take a stand
Elsewhere, a lively evening of comedy and science has been organised by the Center for Inflammation Research and the Centre for Reproductive Health on 25 June.
MRC researchers will take the stage at Edinburgh’s renowned comedy hot-spot, The Stand. They will be followed by a professional comedy act.
The evening is part of Bright Club, an organisation that aims to combine comedy with scientific research.
The organisers will then ask to audience to put on their thinking caps and take part in a science-based quiz. The winning team will go home with £50.
Event details: Bright Club
Tickets cost £5 and all profits go to charity.
Tuesday 25 June 2013, 8.00pm
Tuesday 25 June 2013, 12.00am
The Stand Comedy Club, Queen Street, Edinburgh
The MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) will host a talk about genetics in the John Hope Gateway of Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden.
Led by IGMM Director Professor Nick Hastie CBE FRS, the event will explore the implications of genetic decoding and what this could mean in the future.
The event will be chaired by Dr Gill Haddow, Deputy Director of the Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law and Innogen Research, Fellow at the ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics at the University.
Event details: Genetics, the new fortune telling?
This event is currently fully booked, but you can add your name to the waiting list.
Thursday 27 June 2013, 7.00pm
Thursday 27 June 2013, 7.00pm
John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
The MRC was appointed on 20 June 1913.
Since then, the organisation has continued to endeavour to improve human health through world-class medical research.
The University enjoys a strong relationship with the MRC, working in partnership to develop research that is likely to make a real difference to clinical practice and the health of the population.
The University is one of 40 world-class research institutes, units and centres that will present their science to the public to mark the MRC’s 100th birthday.
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