17 December 2018
Dr Andrew Doherty made a lasting impression on GCSE and sixth-form pupils from Years 11, 12 and 13 with his lecture on brain plasticity and how memories are made. The students saw first-hand how memories are created in mice as they learnt to navigate a maze to find food. They also discovered the critical role of synapses between neurons (nerve cells) in memory formation. This was the first experience of a university-style lecture for the younger students, and they were pleasantly surprised by how interactive it was.
For Year 13, it was a chance to brush up on their understanding of nerve processes and imagine themselves in lecture theatres around the country in less than a year's time.
The event took place on the 28th November 2018 at Hayesfield Girls' School.