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Find out what's going on at this year's Oxfordshire Science Festival.

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Can Five-A-Day Keep Dementia Away?
Saturday 25 June, 3pm, Story Museum, Pembroke Street, Oxford
How does our lifestyle affect the likelihood of developing dementia? What choices can you make to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s? Join John Gallacher for a lively discussion and Q&A on exciting new research that indicates a healthier lifestyle – including exercising, limited alcohol intake, and not smoking – is more important than genetics for cutting the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Oxford Science Fair – Town Hall Programme - Get to Know Your Brain
Saturday 25 June, noon-5pm and Sunday 26 June, 1-5pm
Peep into the mysteries of the functioning of the brain. Stimulate models of brain cells, understand senses, learn how to read people’s expressions, and get to read brainwaves! Oxford Neuroscience, University of Oxford.  Susannah Murphy from the Department of Psychiatry is co-leading the Emotion/Social section of this stand, and lots of people from the PERL lab will be dropping in to help during the weekend, including: Alex Pike, Catherine Harmer, Mike Browning, Eric Ruhe and Joppe Breteler.

A ‘Very Short Introduction’ to…Severe Mental Illness
Monday 27 June, 12.30-1.15pm, Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford
Explore mental health questions with authors of the ‘A very short introduction’ series, and researchers and practitioners from the Oxford Academic Health Science Network. This session: Schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, bipolar disorders – a thought-provoking discussion with psychiatrist Tom Burns.

A ‘Very Short Introduction’ to…Mental Health During Adolescence
Tuesday 28 June, 12.30-1.15pm, Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford
Get ‘a very short introduction’ to mental health during adolescence with psychiatrist Belinda Lennox and psychologist Peter Smith.

 A ‘Very Short Introduction’ to…Drugs for Mental Health
Wednesday 29 June, 12.30-1.15pm, Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford
Drugs can help patients suffering from various mental illnesses like depression, anxiety or schizophrenia. How do these drugs work in the brain? How to ensure the safety of patients? Get ‘a very short introduction’ to drugs for psychotherapy  with pharmacologist Les Iversen.

A ‘Very Short Introduction’ to…Mental Health Services
Thursday 30 June, 12.30-1.15pm, Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford
Mental health problems account for nearly 40% of all illness but only 13% of NHS funds are devoted to their treatment. How to best address the mental health challenge with limited resources? Get ‘a very short introduction’ to mental health services with psychiatrist David Clark.

The Neurococktail Bar
Thursday 30 June, 7.30pm, St Aldate’s Tavern, Oxford
Explore the effects of alcohol on the brain in a cocktail session hosted by neuroscientist Elizabeth Tunbridge. Mix a cocktail to lubricate a discussion on why drugs of abuse are pleasurable, and also –by hijacking the brain’s pleasure pathways – why they can become addictive. Explore how our individual genetic make-up influences how our brains respond to drugs of abuse. For those who like their science shaken, and even stirred!

A ‘Very Short Introduction’ to…Sleep 
Friday 1 July, 12.30-1.15pm, Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford
Why do we need sleep? What happens to our health when we don’t get enough, and how does our modern lifestyle impact our sleep quality? What causes the major sleep disorders? Get ‘a very short introduction’ to sleep with neuroscientist Russell Foster.

School’s Event:

Children in Research: The ethical issues
Monday 27 June, John Mason School, Abingdon (Note: not open to the public)
Professor Ilina Singh hosts a discussion event for children (Key stages 3 & 4) exploring the ethics of involving children in medical research. A panel including Singh (Professor of Neuroscience and Society, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford), Dr Mark Sheehan (Oxford NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Ethics Fellow) and Kate Harvey (Senior Research Officer, Nuffield Council on Bioethics) will pose a series of cases that encourage young people to consider a set of ethical issues; ‘Should children be involved in clinical trials?’ ‘Can children understand consent?’ ‘Can children make accurate assessments about future harms and benefits?’


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