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Hosted by Imperial College London, the LIYSF brings together 300 school students from all almost 60 countries for a series of talks, demonstrations, activities and site visits from all areas of the UK’s leading scientific community. 50 students travelled to Oxford for a day of talks and activities focussed on various aspects of neuroscience hosted by Oxford Neuroscience and the Oxford BRC.

London international youth science forum visits oxford neuroscience
Interactive DBS demonstration in Prof Brown’s lab

Dr Nicholas Irving opened proceedings with an introductory talk on neuroscience research at Oxford, before Prof Fergus Gleeson spoke to the group about PET-CT imaging. Four separate sessions then ran through the day:

Dr Charlotte Stagg gave a talk on transcranial magnetic stimulation, demonstrating the technique on one of her group.

Dr Claire Sexton showed how exercise can increase cognitive abilities by asking one of the students to perform a simple memory task before and after use of an exercise bike.

Prof Peter Brown’s group explained the use of DBS in treating Parkinson’s symptoms with an interactive display on how surgeons use characteristic oscillations to home in on targets in the brain.

Prof Peter Jezzard demonstrated the new 7T fMRI machine at the FMRIB centre by placing one of his team in the scanner and asking the students to come up with a paradigm to explore the function of different areas of the brain.

The day finished with Prof Russell Foster talking about chronobiology, sleep and circadian rhythms before the students departed for London.