Free lecture opportunity at De Montfort University

Posted by 2563 on April 20, 2017

Free lecture opportunity at De Montfort University

April 20, 2017 at 3:50 PM

3rd May 2017 - 5.30 to 8.30pm

Lecture Synopsis:

Human balance has evolved into a complex and highly tuned network of reflexes that allows us to stay upright and know where we are in space. The three principal contributors are the vestibular system located in the inner ear, the visual system, and proprioception in our joints. Inputs from each are integrated in the brain. It is an elegant mechanism and one we are generally blissfully unaware of. Until it goes wrong.

Professor Degg will present the first of 2 lectures. He will explain what balance actually is and what we gain from it helped by patients’ experiences. He will simplify the anatomical and physiological mechanisms of balance using a number of  models he has developed himself. He will then show how we are able to recalibrate our own balance systems – critical to treatment and aging.

Professor Degg will explore how we test our balance systems when they are working – and when they are not. This is not easy for scientists as most measurements are indirect and clouded by multiple pathways and often multiple pathologies. And he will showcase the wonderful facilities available at De Montfort University allowing much of this work to be undertaken.

Professor Rea will undertake the second lecture. He will explore what happens when our balance system fails us. He will demonstrate how incredibly common this problem is (30% of us will see our GP before the age of 65 with dizziness) and how distressing it can be– yet it is a problem others cannot see. He will use a number of remarkable conditions, using real patient stories, drawing from his clinical experience to show the catastrophic consequences of failures in any one of multiple bodily systems involved in balance.

Professor Rea will then look at how Leicester is playing a leading role in helping develop treatments and investigations for disorders of balance with some remarkable results we should all be proud of.

Throughout both talks Professors Degg and Rea will share their life long fascination with disorders of balance, but promise not to assume any great scientific knowledge from the audience. So please do join us.

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