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Pathways to the Future is suitable for everyone - young old, the general public, school kids and young adults, tertiary students and adults

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Thursday | Saturday

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: IS THERE LIFE ON MARS?

5.30 PM, Thursday 8th July, St David Lecture Theatre
Gold Coin Entry
Booking Essential (Phone 474 9256)

Decide for yourself when Dr Philippa Uwins, from Queensland University, Australia, describes her amazing discovery... a new form of microscopic bug found on Earth that looks remarkably similar to something found in a meteorite from Mars. Could Dr Uwins' new 'nanobes' be living Earth versions of Martian life?

 

HUMAN HEALTH AND DISEASE: A Series of Talks

Thursday 8th and Friday 9th July
Tutorial Bay 3, off the mezzanine floor of the Anatomy Museum, Anatomy & Structural Biology Department 2nd Floor, Lindo Ferguson Building, Great King Street

Why are we getting fat? The biological basis for obesity
11 AM, Thursday 8th July
Dr Dave Grattan

A single period of binge drinking during pregnancy can damage the fetal brain
3 PM, Thursday 8th July
Dr Ruth Napper

What can mice tell us about ovarian cancer development?
11 AM, Friday 9th July
Associate Professor Jean Fleming

Why is the brain prone to degenerative conditions?
3 PM, Friday 9th July
Associate Professor Ian McLennan

 

SCIENTISTS IN THE MAKING

10.00 AM until 5.00 PM, Saturday 3rd - Sunday 11th July
First Floor, Otago Museum
Students will be present at their posters to engage with the public from 1.00 PM until 5.00 PM on Sunday afternoon

Scientists in the Making

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An exhibition showcasing some of the fascinating research being done by University of Otago Postgraduate Students.

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EXAMPLES

Elective surgery – are we selecting the “right” patients?
Tina Chen (Taipei, now Auckland), PhD Student, Department of Surgery

The focus of my research is on developing questionnaires for patients to express how much their well-being (quality of life) is affected by their surgical conditions, while exploring how this information could help decide patients’ relative priority for elective surgery, and determine how much surgery helps in improving their conditions. 

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Influence of mum and dad: quantitative genetics of imprinting
Anna Santure (Gore), PhD Student, Department of Zoology

Imprinting is when a gene being "on" or "off" depends on whether we inherited the gene from Mum or Dad. My research looks at characteristics such as height and weight, to see if any of the many genes that influence them are imprinted, and   therefore if we are going to be more similar to our Mum or to our Dad for that characteristic.

 

SPECIAL SERIES OF PUBLIC DISCUSSIONS

1.00 PM until 5.00 PM, Saturday 10th July, St Davids Street Lecture Theatre, these discussions are suitable for young adults, the general public and tertiary student

Science and the Public – Honesty and Responsibility
1.00 PM
Is fluoride really good for your teeth? Does cholesterol cause heart disease? Is the Earth warming up and was the 'ozone hole' caused by fluorocarbons? How can we tell whether established scientists are telling us the truth? Why might they not? Come and hear what Professor Geoff Wyvill, Department of Computer Science, has to say.

Designer Steroids
2.00 PM
Drug detection is working hard to keep up with the new illegal methods of enhancing sporting performance. Associate Professor David Gerrard, former Olympic swimmer and Sports Medicine expert , will talk about the medical effects of these drugs, in particular the new designer steroid tetrahydrogestrinone (THG). He will also discuss the oncoming obesity epidemic that is threatening the health of our children.

Why Vaccinate? Because it’s Dead Stupid Not To
3.00 PM
Every year this simple medical procedure saves an estimated 3 million lives. And yet, every day people are choosing not to vaccinate against killer diseases. They’re putting their lives and their children’s lives at risk. Come along and find out from Associate Professor Glenn Buchan (Immunologist) why vaccination is so crucial to our lives.

The Global Weather Report
4.00 PM
Temperatures across the globe, on average, are getting warmer and global climate models predict a continuing rise. How will global warming affect us and our environment? Dr Janice Lord (Botany), Dr Marc Schallenberg (Zoology), Associate Professor Bob Lloyd, (Energy Management), Associate Professor Ewan Fordyce (Geology), and Dr Russell Frew & Dr Henrik Kjaergaard (Chemistry) will talk about some of the processes involved with global change – the first step in evaluating the likely impact.

 

PORTOBELLO MARINE LABORATORY

12 noon until 4.30 PM, Saturday 3rd July to Sunday 11th July

A full programme of events is taking place at the NZ Marine Studies Centre at Portobello in this the Marine Laboratory's centenary year. The Aquarium is open daily. Pick up a programme at the Pathways to the Future.

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