14 October, 7:00 pm

1 hr 30 minPWYD

Performance | Health & Medicine, The Mind

How does the brain work? Why does it sometimes go wrong? How can we fix it? Join actress and storyteller Amantha Edmead to find out what draws people into the field of neuroscience. Meet some of the brain researchers from the University of Oxford who have been learning how to make their work more accessible through storytelling.

Adam Handel is a clinical lecturer at the University of Oxford and a locum consultant neurologist at the Warneford Hospital. His wife described his DPhil thesis as both unutterably boring and lacking in hyphens, so he hopes the storytelling experience he’s gained through this event will help him in the future.



Archana Ramesh is a first year DPhil in Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford, researching epilepsy. Every time she has tried explaining her research to her parents, they have either fallen asleep or complimented her in vague terms about her science skills. Being involved in this project has really helped to develop her explaining skills.



Yin Dong is a Research Lecturer at the University of Oxford whose work is focused on rare genetic diseases affecting proteins in the body. He’s looking forward to using storytelling techniques to better explain complex processes that affect our tissues and cells.



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