PubhD Dublin’s 30th event will take place on the 2nd May 2018 at 7:00 pm in J.T. Pim’s (4 South Great George’s Street).
Our 3 speakers for the evening include:
Conor Heffernan is an IRC scholar in UCD studying historical physical culture in Ireland from 1893 to 1939. In effect, physical culture can be understood as purposeful exercise systems such as weight training, drill, gymnastics, callisthenics and at times, even rudimentary bodybuilding. Surveying a vast period of time, the research examines how physical culture systems were used in the classroom, the military, by Irish nationalist groups and by countless men and women seeking to improve their bodies over a forty year period.
Annie Curtis is a researcher in RCSI. Her research is to understand how the body clock controls the immune system. The body clock is the timing mechanism within our cells that ensures that certain physiologies or functions occur at the appropriate time of day (termed circadian rhythms).
Examples of our body clock controlling the immune system include the following, Immune cells traffic around the body at certain times of day, Cortisol (a hormone with anti-inflammatory properties) rises in the morning and drops to low levels ahead of sleep. The infection causes a different immune response at one time of the day versus another. Immune-related conditions such as asthma, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis and cardiovascular disease vary with time of day.
She examines the molecular pathways connecting the immune system to our body clock. She focuses on the innate immune system (the first line of defence against infection). Her work has implications on how we treat inflammatory diseases but also when we treat inflammatory diseases.
Amy Courtney is a PhD student in UCD her research in neurobiology. The fundamental role of any nervous system is to sense a stimulus and respond with a behaviour. The neural code is the language the nervous system uses to relay this information, however, it is a poorly understood aspect of neurobiology. Studying neural coding in a complex human nervous system is extremely challenging. Her project will, therefore, examine one of the simplest nervous systems, that of the marine invertebrate ctenophores, to gain insights into the basic principles of neural coding and nervous system evolution.