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First BRC Lates event – where science meets history – proves a hit

Attendees at the inaugural – and sold out – ‘BRC Lates’ event run in collaboration with UCL Special Collections were treated to talks from UCL researchers around the theme of medical imaging and explored rare books, archives and manuscripts from UCL’s unique collection.

Talks by Prof Margaret Hall-Craggs, Prof Adam Gibson and Prof Mark Lythgoe covered the history of MRI, what is new and show-stopping in the world of biomedical imaging, and how (and why) a foetal laparoscope was used to interrogate a pop-up copy of the influential 16th century textbook on anatomy De humani corporis fabrica (On the fabric of the human body) by Vesalius.

Event organisers said attendees were thrilled also to be able to view an original early edition of Vesalius’s book.

Prof Emma Morris, BRC theme lead for Inflammation, Immunity & Immunotherapeutics, compered the event.

Feedback from attendees included comments such as: 

"I learnt a lot about imaging tech"

"Excellent accessible presentations"

"Great discussion and questions"

"I really enjoyed hearing about the speakers experience"

The next event will be held on November 7th, on the theme of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Those attending will be able to view an original edition of the influential 17th century textbook on circulation De motu cordis by William Harvey (1628); and view the Robert Carswell Illustrations (1827-1838) – still prized today for their accurate depiction of colour of diseased tissues.

Guest speakers Prof Alun Hughes, Dr William MacLehose, Dr Reecha Sofat and Dr Louise English will look at the rising incidence of CVD from mass-manufactured cigarettes; how William Harvey’s text was a game-changer in terms of the depiction of circulation of the blood; and the role of genomics in predicting and monitoring CVD.

The event is free and open to all with wine, soft drinks and nibbles provided.

Get a ticket here.