Inside the COVID brain

17 October, 7:00 pm

45 minsTeenage, AdultPWYD

Talk | Science, Technology, The Mind

COVID-19 has been this year’s big disrupter and life might not return to normal for a long time to come. The Explorazone finale takes you on a live tour with the help of a volunteer and a powerful brain scanner to understand the effects this coronavirus can have on the human body. There will be time to ask questions about the research and hear the experience of at least one COVID-19 survivor.

Stuart Clare is a physicist by training and has been studying the brain using functional MRI for over 25 years.  He is passionate about highlighting the role of physics and maths in neuroscience research, and is regularly involved with schools, science fairs and museums.



Betty Raman is a British Heart Foundation Centre for Research Excellence Intermediate Transition Clinical Research Fellow and cardiologist, who is currently researching the effects of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection on multiple vital organs, exercise tolerance, cognition and mental health in patients who are discharged from hospital with moderate to severe Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).



Kyle Pattinson is a senior clinical research fellow at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences.  His research focuses on investigating mechanisms of respiratory control with magnetic resonance imaging techniques. He is part of a team of researchers using these techniques to understand why we see multiple organ failure in some COVID patients.



This event takes place as part of Explorazone Digital. The ‘book now’ button will take you to a special Explorazone Digital registration page. Register now, then return on Saturday 17 October, log in and enter the auditorium to view this event. 

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