Oakham Scientists attend Brain Awareness Event

A small group of Form 5 and Form 6 Oakham students interested in pursuing a career in science recently attended a neuroscience outreach event entitled “Brain, Behaviour and Beyond” at Leicester University where they learnt more about the brain and how it functions.

In contrast to the recent ‘Psychology in action day’ held at Warwick University, the afternoon was more physiology based and included talks on ‘Hearing in locusts’, ‘OCD’ and ‘Dopamine and feeding’ followed by live hands-on workshops and demonstrations. The pupils also had the opportunity to meet current research students and scientists as well as study poster displays describing the research currently being undertaken in the College of Life Sciences at the university.

Teacher of Biology Dr Andrew Nicoll said, “It was an excellent event which was especially relevant to those pupils working towards our A level qualification in Salters – Nuffield Biology.  It also gave them the opportunity to find out more about studying the subject at university and to speak to staff about what their research involves.  We are grateful to the College for arranging the event and we shall definitely request places to attend next year! ”

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