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Sixth Form Visit to the Department of Pharmacology at Oxford University

On the 15th of March, twelve Sixth Form students visited the Department of Pharmacology at Oxford University to investigate the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit.

Upon arrival, we sat in on a lecture presented by Professor Paul Bolam about the importance of animals in medical research and discussed the ethics behind their work. We then had the opportunity to speak informally with Unit members in small groups about key concepts in regards to brain research and what it is like to work in STEM. We were given the privilege of taking part in ‘hands-on’ science and got to view laboratories for ourselves. Some of the key concepts we explored included; stimulation of the human brain, the correlation between the brain and Parkinson’s Disease and using computer models to portray brain functions.

On the behalf of Gosford Hill, I’d like to thank the university for this exceptional experience which gave us a further insight into this line of work. Also, many thanks to Mrs Barnes for arranging this event and for allowing it to go ahead.

Amber Heaton, 12EAHR

Posted: 2018-03-23 15:39:13
Last Edited: 2018-03-23 15:40:44