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Public engagement the next big thing the science museum lates
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Report from the event, a collaboration with the Royal Society

Representatives from the Physiological Neuroimaging Group hosted an interactive stand at a collabatorive event put on by the Royal Society and the Science Museum Lates in London on Wednesday 24th June.

The team gave demonstrations and explanations of how we can use brain stimulation to change the way we learn motor skills.  We helped visitors to the museum to understand how the research could be used as a tool to help people recover after a stroke.

We showed visitors the kit used in our daily research including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). tDCS has been shown to decrease reaction times on motor tasks and to aid fine motor control recovery in patients.  It is widely hoped to become an adjunct therapy for stroke recovery in the future.

In addition, we also talked about the history of stimulation in research and how the equipment used has changed over the years.

We’d like to thank Rogue Resolutions for the loan of their TMS kit – the audience found the demonstrations really interesting and it provoked a lot of questions. We would also like to thank the organisers from the Royal Society and the Science Museum for a really fun evening, and all the visitors who came to find out a bit more about what we do, and why we do it!

If you would like to find out more about our research, or volunteer for our studies, please email physiological.neuroimaging@gmail.com to sign up to receive adverts to your inbox.

An album of official photos of the night can be found here, and a video from the night here.  All photos credits are to The Royal Society.

An article on the event on the main NDCN website can be found here.