The second instalment in the Clare Hall 3 Slide Talks took place on Friday, 1 December. Three of Clare Hall's Postdoctoral researchers presented their work to an engaged audience in an informal atmosphere.
The first talk was provided by Dr Hasan Sari from the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, who presented research on combining magnetic resonance imaging techniques (MRI-scanning) with positron emission tomography (PET) images to quantify leaky brain vessels, which has been connected with Cerebral Small Vessel disease. Cerebral Small Vessel disease accounts for 20% of ischemic strokes and has been linked to dementia, and the research Hasan and colleagues are conducting may provide a technique to evaluate the efficiency of potential treatments.
The second speaker of the night was Dr Will Conrad from the Department of Medicine, who presented research on tuberculosis and mycobacterial antibiotic resistance. Tuberculosis is still a significant killer globally, and with months-long treatment regimens and increasing antibiotic resistance, there are many challenges in fighting TB. Will's talk presented research on mycobacterial defences against the host to help clear the bacteria more rapidly, and the talk was also a reminder of the importance of challenging assumptions and established truths in research.
Last but not least, Dr Mark Schuerch from the Department of Geography shared his research on how coastal wetlands, such as tidal salt marshes and mangroves, respond to global sea level rise connected with climate change. Based on examples from the UK, Europe, and the US, Mark considered how coastal landscapes, if maintained and restored in the right places, can potentially contribute to coastal protection and climate mitigation - and also how environmental, political, and cultural frameworks interplay with efforts to fight the causes and effects of global warming.
All talks were followed by a Q&A session, sparking engagement and discussion about the importance and impact of research executed by Clare Hall's Postdocs. We thank all three speakers for sharing their research with us, and for moving us to think about why our research matters. The next 3 Slide Talks will take place on 2 February 2018 in the ALB, and all College members are welcome.
Pictured left to right - Hasan Sari, Mark Schuerch, Will Conrad