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SciBarHealth: Heart Month

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Join us from 6.30pm (talks start at 7pm) on Tuesday, 13th February at Revolution Bar and Restaurant, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DS (opposite the side entrance to John Lewis) for another special SciBarHealth event hosted by Cambridge British Science Association and Cambridge University Health Partners to mark Heart Month. SciBar brings interesting, topical areas of science to the general public with scientific talks followed by lively discussion. The British Heart Foundation will have a stand at the event – come along and talk to them from 6.30pm.

These events are eminently suitable for the layperson, so even if you only have a vague interest in the heart, do please join us – you will be made very welcome!

SciBarHealth Heart We have two speakers eminent in their fields: Dr Thomas Krieg, a University Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology and Honorary Consultant Physician in Acute Medicine at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, who will be talking about “Finding new treatments for heart attack and stroke”: during a heart attack or stroke, the fate of the tissue is determined by mechanisms at the mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell. Together with scientists from Cambridge, Dr Krieg found ways to protect mitochondria against the loss of oxygen during a heart attack or stroke, and ultimately to prevent the development of heart failure or disability. He will explain the underlying mechanisms of these devastating diseases as well as giving an insight in the work of his group in drug development.

Dr Sanjay Sinha is a British Heart Foundation Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, part of the Wellcome Trust-Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and a Honorary Consultant in Cardiology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. The title of his talk will be “Mending a broken heart”. He is interested in whether human pluripotent stem cells can be used to develop new treatments for heart disease and will initially discuss the challenges of heart failure and the worldwide efforts to regenerate damaged heart muscle. He will then explain his group’s work on how human pluripotent stem cell-derived cells may be used to ‘mend a broken heart’, either by direct injection or by generating a vascularised next-generation tissue patch.

Entry is FREE and refreshments and dinner(!) are available to purchase at the bar. Attendees frequently have a drink and dinner on their laps, whilst listening to the talks, so please arrive early enough to order!

After each talk (which lasts about half an hour) there is an opportunity for you to ask questions.

Please note that there are stairs at the venue so it is unfortunately unsuitable for those who may have mobility problems.

Please pre-book your place – limited tickets available on the door.

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