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Optical illusions, baby eyes, stem cells and greedy dogs

11:00am-3:00pm on Sunday 28 March

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 27th March. For events on or after 28th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

Watch the livestream here:

11 AM - 12 AM - From darkness into light: vision, contrast and sensitivity
with Dr Hugh Matthews

Human vision has evolved to operate over an enormous range of light intensities. This poses many challenges for the visual system, which has to try to determine what it is seeing irrespective of the light intensity. Dr Hugh Matthews examines how the visual system can function reliably over this wide intensity range, and how it can be tricked to produce visual illusions.

12 AM - 1 PM - WNT signalling: a Pandora's Box
with Dr Connor Ross

What is WNT signalling? Learn about this developmental mechanism and how understanding its ability to coordinate cell fate and stem cell renewal can help us understand how diseases develop and lead to better treatments.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM - How the Brain Learns to See
with Dr Susanna Barret Mierau

How do babies' brains learn to see in early life?  How does what a baby sees shape the developing brain? Nobel Prize-winning discoveries in the 1960s about how the brain develops vision revolutionized our understanding of how the brain works. This sessions includes fun activities that can be done with young babies to understand what they see and to develop the many skills necessary for vision.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Lessons from Labradors on how genes cause obesity
with Dr Eleanor Raffan

What can we learn from greedy, glutton dogs? By studying pet dogs and their genomes, we can identify genes that are responsible for obesity susceptibility both in dogs and humans.

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Additional Information

Age: Young Adults 12 – 18
Timing: Live Stream
Cost: Free
Theme: Explore, Health

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