The “Degenerating Brains” Public Symposium was held last night as part of Brain Awareness Week and was a roaring success. Around 250 people braved the snow to hear from Profs Hardy (UCL), Shaw (KCL) and Rubinsztein (Cam).
The audience was a mix of people across a wide range of ages, including sixth formers, undergraduates, postgraduates, scientists, patients and care groups, and other interested members of the public. We also had fantastic support during the evening from Alzheimer’s Research UK, Parkinson’s UK, and the Alzheimer’s Society.
The symposium opened with the (worldwide premiere!) of the short film produced by the consortium, to rapturous applause (not just from those who were involved in its creation).
Superb talks were given by each of the speakers, with something for everyone- genetics of disease, discovery of functional “pathways” implicated in disease, and potential therapeutic strategies. There were also some fantastic and challenging questions during the panel discussion.
The discussion continued over nibbles and drinks kindly funded by Eisai- the pharmaceutical company working with the team at UCL.
All in all a fantastic event with new connections, both social and neuronal, made by all.
It doesn’t end there!
The short film will be posted online shortly, here on the blog, as well as on our partner sites, so watch here for updates on where to watch it. We’ll also post footage of the symposium in its entirety so you can also catch the lectures and discussion.