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World-Class Brain Research at Bath

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Have you wondered what your brain looks like, and how a healthy brain should look?

The department is involved with two upcoming events about the brain that answers these questions:

"Looking at the Brain: Brain Scans and Brain Waves" - Public lecture by Prof. Roland Jones on 11th March

"The Art of the Brain" - A "sci-art" exhibition by artist Stephen Magrath, March 6th-25th. The project raises awareness among the public about world-class brain research being undertaken at the University of Bath.

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Both events are at the Bath Royal Literacy & Scientific Institute, 16 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN

About Us

"The Art of the Brain" where science meets art (L:R) Roland Jones, Chris Bailey, Stephen Magrath, Denise Taylor, Stephen Husbands, Sarah Bailey. Photo by Nic Delves-Broughton, University of Bath

"The Art of the Brain" where science meets art (L:R) Roland Jones, Chris Bailey, Stephen Magrath, Denise Taylor, Stephen Husbands, Sarah Bailey. Photo by Nic Delves-Broughton, University of Bath

How does stress affect the brain? Sarah Bailey Anxiety and depression affect more than 12 million adults in the UK. An interaction between the environment an individual is exposed to, together with their genetic make-up, likely determines brain chemistry and whether individuals are susceptible to these diseases. Research in my laboratory is trying to understand the brain’s response to stress with a view to developing new drug treatments.  http://www.bath.ac.uk/pharmacy/contacts/academics/sarah_bailey/

Understanding addiction Chris Bailey Around 2 million people in the UK have an addiction, either to legal drugs like alcohol or tobacco or illegal substances like heroin or cocaine. Treatment for addiction is poor – around 75% of quit attempts fail within a year. Research in my laboratory is trying to understand the mechanisms underlying addiction – when and how does infrequent drug use become addictive, compulsive drug use? http://www.bath.ac.uk/pharmacy/contacts/academics/chris_bailey/

Drug discovery in the brain Stephen Husbands My interest, as a chemist, is in designing and making new molecules that can help normalize dysfunctional activity in the brain and hopefully provide insight into, and new treatments for, drug abuse and depression.http://www.bath.ac.uk/pharmacy/contacts/academics/stephen_husbands/

What causes epilepsy? Roland Jones My main interest for the past 20 years has been trying to understand how communication between brain cells goes wrong in epilepsy. Whilst most sufferers have their seizures controlled by available drugs, about 30 per cent do not respond. It is essential that we understand the changes in the brain that lead to seizure activity, so that we can design and produce effective treatments for patients. http://www.bath.ac.uk/pharmacy/contacts/academics/roland_jones/

Exploring the effects of dementia Denise Taylor My research explores the positive and negative effects of medicines for dementia from the perspective of people with dementia, their carers and healthcare professionals. Dementia is not all about memory – it affects personality, problem solving, communication and social relationships – and so do the medicines. I believe the more we know about an illness the more we can help and support those people living with it. http://www.bath.ac.uk/pharmacy/contacts/academics/denise_taylor/

Find out more about brain research at the University of Bath: http://www.bath.ac.uk/neuroscience

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P&P Research Presentation at TEDx

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Researchers in our department have created an innovative ingredient for suncream which can act as a UVA filter and provide fuller protection against skin damage. Dr Charareh Pourzand will be presenting her research at the TEDx Bath University Event on the 8th March:

The Skin ‘Beauty’ and the Sun ‘Beast’

While many suncreams provide good protection against the sun's UVB rays, the chief cause of skin reddening and sunburn, they provide less protection against more prevalent UVA rays. Scientists believe this may be one of the reasons why skin cancer incidence rates are increasing worldwide. Dr Charareh Pourzand and Dr Ian Eggleston have created an innovative ingredient which when applied in a suncream can act as a UVA filter and provide fuller protection against skin damage. The new compounds are light activated when exposed to relevant doses of UVA, and unique in how they release anti-oxidants to neutralise free radicals whilst at the same time capturing excess iron in the skin. In the UK, over 100,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year, of which 10,000 are malignant melanoma - the deadliest form of the disease and also the fifth most common cancer in the UK. This research could soon be helping to better protect skin and reduce the number of cases of this type of cancer.

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Charareh Pourzand from the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Further details about TEDxBathUniversity event:

http://www.tedxbathuniversity.com

Further details about our research:

http://www.bath.ac.uk/research/news/2013/08/21/light-activated-suncream/