BLiSc Science Cafe: Mysore Special
Date & Time: 
Sun, 05/26/2019 - 16:00
Diseases of the brain / Invisible Killers
Suruchi Rangamane, Kuvempu Nagara, Mysore

Poster for the science outreach initiative, Science Cafe for May 2019 in Mysore, India

Prof Raghu Padinjat

Applying modern technology to understand diseases of the brain

The living human brain is an organ that until now had to be studied by observation from outside the body. However, modern stem cell technology now allows us to create living brain tissue in the laboratory and thus better understand the working of brain cells in health and disease.


Dr Varadharajan Sundaramurthy

Invisible killers

Infections have played a central role in shaping human history, culture and genetics. Until very recently, infections contributed to the bulk of human mortality. The discovery of antibiotics changed all that, and has provided a significant sense of security against infections. But, have we taken this security for granted, have we lost our fear (and respect) for the invisible killers? Do we have to pay a price? Why do people (still) die of sepsis, or tuberculosis? In this talk, we will take a bird’s eye view of these and related questions, and look into some fascinating historic aspects of how some of the pathogens were discovered to cause the disease they do.