9th May 2022 – Terahertz Radiation

T-Rays  – A new research tool from the electromagnetic spectrum.

We are pleased to welcome Dr Darren Graham of the Photon Science Institute at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester and the Cockcroft Institute of Accelerator Science at Daresbury Laboratory, who will talk about his work in the exciting new area of Terahertz Radiation. In his own words:

“You’ll have heard of radio-waves, micro-waves, visible light and x-rays but probably not T-rays (or Terahertz Radiation). 

It fits between the microwaves and infrared part of the spectrum, and of course they have always been there. But only over the last 20 years or so have ways been found to create and control them artificially.

 Now new research areas are opening up using T –rays including:

  • medical imaging as a safer alternative to x-rays;
  • security scanning – for example at airports to detect concealed weapons remotely;
  • compact particle accelerators;
  • ultra-high speed communications;
  • process control in manufacturing. “
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11th April 2022 – A New Approach to Developing Antivirals

Dr. Sam Jones
Dr. Sam Jones

Dr. Sam Jones is a Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Fellow in the Department of Materials at the University of Manchester where he heads up the Jones Lab which focuses on understanding material/virus interactions.

Sam says “By understanding and controlling such interactions the group hopes to develop better antivirals, vaccine stabilisers and novel viral vector delivery applications.”

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14th March 2022 – Reduce, Replace, Refine

The path to eliminating animal experiments in drug discovery

Professor Ian Wilson of the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London will pose a range of questions and lead the debate.

Ian’s alternative subtitle for the talk is “How to get more from your mouse” so those who have attended his previous visits to Knutsford SciBar know that the evening promises to be entertaining as well as informative!

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14th February 2022 (Zoom 7pm) – Neuroscience of Speech

We are joined by Dr. Kate Slade and colleagues from the Neuroscience of Speech and Action Laboratory at the University of Lancaster who will describe their research projects.

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8th November 2021- Getting personal – Individualizing Medical Care

Professor Ian Wilson, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London returns to update us on a talk he gave approximately 10 years ago.

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11th October 2021 – A Story of Radioactivity: A Glowing Tale

Dr Louise Natrajan, The Department of Chemistry, School of Natural Sciences, University of Manchester will present this talk. She will discuss the myths surrounding radioactivity, how it was initially thought to have health benefits through to how it is now considered harmful.  She will show how electricity production from nuclear fission can be safely managed, providing that we are able to identify and trace radioactive waste products and describe how the fluorescence of uranium can be used to help clean up nuclear wastes in the environment.

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