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PubhD Sheffield #6 - April 2017
Wed 5 April 2017, 19:00 – 21:30 BST
It's PubhD Sheffield's sixth event! =D
You'll have the chance to hear about the fantastic research taking place in Sheffield and you will definitely learn something new!
Three researchers will have 10 minutes to explain their research, with the aid of a whiteboard and maybe some props, followed by up to 20 minutes of friendly Q&A.
All that we ask is that you come along with an open mind and a £1 donation to help fund future events and quench the speakers thirst. Because let's face it - they will have definitely earned it! :)
Speaker 1 - Lucy Morris
Title: (Ah, ah, ah, ah) Stayin’ alive or choosing to die? Self-sacrificing cells in the immune system.
Summary: My research is focused on macrophages (white blood cells) which are our first line of defense against invading micro-organisms. Specifically, I am interested in how macrophages eat and destroy bacteria. The benefits of cells staying alive to kill pathogens is often countered by sneaky germs who take advantage of our immune cells by using them as a protective hub in which they can replicate and cause an even bigger threat to our body. I will describe research which suggests macrophages commit cell suicide to help annihilate bacterial infection and minimize harmful tissue damage which is caused by the body’s inflammatory response.
Speaker 2 - Josh Thomas
Title: The Meaning of ‘The Meaning of Life’
Summary: ‘What is the meaning of life?’ This question is commonly seen as philosophy’s chief concern, and most of us will have thought about it ourselves at some point or other. However, unless we know precisely what the question means, we won’t know where to begin looking for an answer or be able to recognise one when we’ve found it. Thus, a significant part of my thesis – and the topic of my talk – will be an attempt to address this problem and provide an analysis of what people mean when they talk about ‘meaning’.