The Bangalore Life Sciences Cluster (BLiSc) is delighted to announce its first-ever Mysore iteration of the Science Cafe - in collaboration with CFTRI, Mysore.

Applying modern technology to understand diseases of the brain

Prof. Raghu Padinjat (NCBS-ADBS)

Abstract: 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.

Invisible killers

Dr Varadharajan Sundaramurthy (NCBS)

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? This talk will offer a birds eye view of these and related questions, and look into some fascinating historic aspects of how some of the pathogens were linked to the disease they cause.