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Normal? Festival of the Brain 2018

  • Folkestone Quarterhouse Mill Bay Folkestone, Mill Bay, FT20 1BN United Kingdom (map)
 ‘skin to mind’, (part 1), video installation. Photo: Erika Stevenson/Lifespace

‘skin to mind’, (part 1), video installation. Photo: Erika Stevenson/Lifespace

Charlie Murphy joins Pint of Science to discuss the Brains in a dish work she has developed to date, including a presentation of her ‘skin to mind’ installation, as part of this year's Normal? Festival of the Brain in Folkestone.

Charlie's work in progress video installation offers insights into some of the ground-breaking techniques being used by UCL dementia researcher Selina Wray. Charlie has donated her skin cells to Selina’s research- watch their journey  through an amazing series of molecular processes which transform them into fibroblasts, stem cells and eventually into functioning cortical neurons or a mini ‘brain in a dish’!

Consider what so called ‘healthy’ brains look like and learn how can this kind of research can aid in the understanding and treatment of Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) and familial Alzheimer’s Disease (fAD).

 

Normal? Festival of the Brain brings science and art together over four days to delve into and question the brain. This year, they are looking at rest and sleep, grief and loss, love and perception, and exploring ways to pay attention, delight in difference and make ourselves more resilient. Download the full programme here