Cambridge Science Festival - What a nerve!

17 March 2019, 10:00 - 17:00
Cambridge Union Society, 9A Bridge Street, CB2 1UB

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See science through art!

Join us for an exhibition of work created by artists, including three MA Printmaking ARU alumni from various years – Jo Tunmer, Elizabeth Fraser and Charlotte Morrison, exploring nerve structures, myelination and disease in response to stem cells and the work of Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute alongside talks from researchers, artists and artists affected by Multiple Sclerosis.
A Growing Art Partnerships event.

Schedule of Talks


Susan Kohlhaas, Director of Research, the MS Society - what is Multiple Sclerosis? 

MS is a condition that affects nerves in your brain and spinal cord. Symptoms vary from person to person and range from numbness and tingling, to walking difficulties, fatigue, dizziness, pain, depression, blindness and paralysis. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and worldwide MS affects more than 2.3 million.


Robin Franklin, Professor of Stem Cell Medicine at the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute 

Professor Franklin’s lab works on the mechanisms of Central Nervous System regeneration with a particular focus on remyelination, an adult stem/precursor cell-mediated process in which new myelin sheaths are restored to demyelinated axons. Introduction to myelination, cell forms, oligodendrocytes and research into finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.


The Artists, Researchers and MS affected talk about cells and disease

Researchers and Artists discuss understanding Multiple Sclerosis from scientific, artistic and personal perspectives. Discussions on the shapes and forms of healthy and damaged cells, the visual and emotional content coming from artists affected by MS and art made in response to the work of the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute.

Event is part of Cambridge Science Festival.

Event Details

17 March 2019, 10:00 - 17:00
Cambridge Union Society, 9A Bridge Street, CB2 1UB

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