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Holmes Lecture: Seeing inside the body with radiation

Join scientist Gemma Roberts as she delivers a Holmes lecture on using radiation to look inside the human body. This talk is aimed at 10-14 year olds.

Date/Time: 22 January 2020, 17:00-18:00

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Researchers from the Faculty of Medical Sciences will be delivering this year's University Holmes lectures designed for 10-14 year olds. Booking is advised for this event, use the link below to register your free place via email of contact the Public Lectures team by phone on 0191 208 6093.

In this lecture join scientist Gemma Roberts from the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University, to find out more about using radiation to look inside the human body. 

Talk description: We all know that radiation is dangerous. Or is it? In the news, radiation is used to poison spies and kill tumours. In the hospital we use it every day- firing it through the bodies of people to take X-ray pictures. In the hospital we can safely use radiation to check how a baby’s kidneys are working. We inject people with radioactive cocaine to look at their brain or give them radioactive scrambled eggs to see how quickly food gets processed by their body. In this lecture we will hear the fascinating story of how radioactivity was discovered and learn about the amazing ways that scientists now use it safely to find out what's going on inside your body.

Gemma roberts