As part of Science Week 2017, Science Foundation Ireland and Science Gallery Dublin are pleased to present some of the leading and award-winning films from the recent European Science TV and New Media Festival, held annually in Lisbon. Five very different films are featured, including Bodytech, an episode of the series Ten Things to Know About.
Did you know that the hydrochloric acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades? Or that the brain releases so much dopamine during an orgasm that a brain scan resembles that of someone on heroin? In this series Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Kathriona Devereux and Jonathan McCrea face up to their fears, undergo a series of stress tests, challenge themselves to push through the pain barrier, and examine the finer workings of the brain — all in the name of science!
This episode features in particular the issue of 'mending a broken heart'.Garry Duffy from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is leading an EU research project to help regenerate damaged heart cells after a heart attack. As well as developing new materials that will boost the cells’ chances of survival, they are designing surgical devices to enable surgeons to deliver stem cells to the patient, and crucially, keep them fixed in the targeted area of a beating heart!!
This event will be followed by a panel discussion featuring leading experts in the areas of science communications and research, including Fergus McAuliffe, Helena Kelly and Nuala Cunningham with Maria Delaney moderating the discussion.
This event is brought to you by Science Gallery Dublin, Science Foundation Ireland and European Science TV and New Media Festival.
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