This event happened in the past (2019 edition)

Health & Wellbeing Day – Gallery Stage

This is an event from the 2019 edition

Enjoy some free, drop-in talks in the Gallery on the wonders of medicine, eradicating diseases, how ageing affects our eyesight, and more. First come, first served.


Science Saved My Life: A Patient’s Experience of Breast Cancer
Age: 12+

In this talk, Dr Porter discusses the experience of being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, and the whirlwind of consultations and treatment that followed.

She will share personal insight into the lived experience of treatment but will also explain the science behind the therapies that saved her life.

Now fit and well, Dr Porter will conclude that for science to be most effective, it must be allied with humanistic values and delivered in ways that support patients as they battle physical, emotional and existential challenges.

Dr Natalie Porter trained in marine biogeochemistry and works as a Programme Manager in plant science at the John Innes Centre. However, for today, her expertise stem from lived experience – the experience of being diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer at the age of 32. She has a unique perspective having a foot in both the world of science and of illness.


The Last Days of Smallpox: Triumph and Tragedy
Age: 18+

Last Days of smallpoxForty years after its eradication, the horror that was smallpox is largely forgotten. In this talk, the Quadram Institute’s Prof Mark Pallen will describe the triumphant eradication of smallpox through a worldwide vaccination campaign and the tragic 1978 Birmingham smallpox incident, which led to two deaths after the virus escaped from a research lab in that city. He will place these events in the context of continuing debate as to the risks and benefits of research and public health interventions focused on dangerous pathogens.

Prof Mark Pallen is a Research Leader at the Quadram Institute on the Norwich Research Park.

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Rewiring the Brain after Injury
Age: 15+

When the brain is injured, its function can be impaired – following stroke, concussion or other forms of acquired injury. But the brain has an amazing superpower! It can form new pathways and find different ways of doing things to compensate for certain impairments.

In this talk, UEA’s Stephanie Rossit will describe how psychological research can inform the development of new ways to help improve cognition in people recovering from a brain injury.

Dr Stephanie Rossit is a Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of East Anglia.


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Reprogramming Cancer
Age: 15+

If RNA and DNA were twins, DNA would be the popular and exciting one. RNA, or ribonucleic acid, is the lesser-known twin but the harder worker of the two, as it controls when and where particular genes are expressed.

By reprogramming the RNA within cancer, UEA’s Dr Darrell Green’s research has shown the potential for a new type of cancer treatment. In this talk, he will discuss how cancer manipulates its use of RNA for its own benefit, and how it also may be its own downfall.

Dr Darrell Green is a Lecturer in the Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia.


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A Virtual Day Out: Discover Norwich with a Behavioural Economist
Age: 12+

It’s a beautiful day in the fine city: great for a shop, taking care of some errands, going to Carrow Road or getting a bit of exercise. Take a virtual tour of the city with researchers from UEA to learn what influences your consumption choices. You and your wallet might be in for a treat!

Prof Theodore Turocy is Professor of Economics in the School of Economics at the University of East Anglia.


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Cataracts: Blow the Clouds Away
Age: 7+

The lens in your eye is a bit like the one in a camera – focusing light onto the retina to record the world we see around us. But as we age, proteins in the lens can clump together, causing cataracts that can blur our vision. In this talk, UEA multidisciplinary team Dr Aram Saeed and Prof Michael Wormstone will talk about cataract surgery and artificial lenses.

Dr Aram Saeed is a Lecturer in Drug Delivery in the School of Pharmacy at the University of East Anglia.

Prof Michael Wormstone is Professor of Ophthalmology in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia.


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Sunday 20 October
Venue: The Forum’s Gallery
Cost: Free, drop-in