Life Sciences Schools and Colleges Lecture Day

25 October 2017
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Our life sciences lecture day for schools and colleges is open to students in year 12 and 13 as well as all level 3 students.

The day is free to attend but please book your place.

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  • 1.45pm
    Arrival and registration
  • 2–2.50pm
    Talk 1: neurodegenerative disease – are we fighting a losing battle?
    Talk 2: investigation of driver genes in breast cancer
  • 3.05–3.55pm
    Talk 3: music and sensory stimuli as tools for supporting dementia
    Talk 4: will your degree define your career?
  • 4pm
    Close and optional tour

Lecture details

You can attend two of the following lectures:

Talk 1: neurodegenerative disease – are we fighting a losing battle?

Edward Wickstead

The population is aging. With that, neurodegenerative diseases have become more apparent in our society. Alzheimer’s disease for example, affects approximately 37 million people worldwide – a number expected to grow to 78 million by 2050. This therefore highlights the importance of tackling these diseases, especially when considering the substantial physiological, psychological and economic burden these diseases impose on patients, their families and the healthcare system.

However, advances in therapeutics have screeched to a halt in the last decade, but why? Therefore, at this time, with no advancing therapies, we may be fighting a losing battle.

This talk will give a brief overview of how research focus could shift, utilising important cellular responses that, until recently, have been overlooked in terms of neurodegenerative disease.

Talk 2: investigation of driver genes in breast cancer

Nicola Faramarzi

Breast cancer is an extremely complex disease, which can behave very differently in every patient. To greater understand this behaviour, it is pivotal to investigate the non-inherited genetic mutations that give cancer cells a selective growth advantage. These are driver genes, and have the potential to be used as a foundation for developing more specific therapeutic tools.

Talk 3: music and sensory stimuli as tools for supporting dementia

Amy Woy

This talk comprises of research that I began in my undergraduate degree at the University of Westminster (Cognitive Neuroscience BSc), and how the concept has evolved to establish my PhD research.

My work looks at developing on earlier naturalistic and experimental findings on the evocative nature of music, and why it causes people to recall far more memories from their adolescence and early adulthood compared to other life periods. I am currently exploring the power of other stimuli such as objects and still images in evoking memories with older adults – particularly with regard to the importance of ownership.

The aims of this research include furthering the understanding of memory structures, as well as informing therapy practices for vulnerable groups, such as dementia patients, amnesiacs and refugees.

Talk 4: will your degree define your career?

Vedia Can

The simple answer is NO. Establishing your ideal career involves four main stages: self-awareness, opportunity awareness, decision-making and taking action. This mini presentation will help equip you with the essential knowledge and information required for you to establish your career plans before you graduate from the University of Westminster and to ensure you secure your dream job once you graduate. The world is your oyster – your degree is only a stepping-stone to help you define your career.