The day was part of the 58th London International Youth Science Forum, a two-week residential event which attracts more than 500 of the world’s leading young scientists from more than 65 countries. A total 24 students aged 16 to 32 visited the John Radcliffe Hospital to learn more about NDCN's research.
Ex-LIYSF student Chris Kennard talked about the history of neurology and its role in Oxford. Chris Harvey explained the importance of sleep and invited students to complete a questionnaire on whether they were a 'morning or evening type'. During a tour of NDCN neuropathology laboratory facilities Olaf Ansorge showed brain sections under microscopes and Margaret Esiri displayed brains donated for research.
Joram Van Rheede then demonstrated 'smart glasses' developed by University spinout company OxSight with partners including NDCN and John Radcliffe clinical staff. The glasses use cameras and algorithms to detect and highlight objects, separating them from the background in real-time. This allows people with even the lowest amount of sight to make better use of their vision in challenging everyday scenarios.
All of the sessions gave a fantastic insight into neuroscience and it was amazingly inspiring to see all the research currently being done.
- Malaysian student Raphaille Tseng, 18
Chrystalina Antoniades spoke about Parkinson’s Disease and deep brain stimulation, a procedure where wires are implanted into the brain to transmit an electrical pulse to reduce some symptoms of Parkinson’s.