Life Science Lunch: Innovative life sciences across disciplines – Part 1
At the life science lunches in March and April researchers from five different faculties at UiO will talk about their innovative life science research. Collaboration across disciplines is essential to succeed for many of the projects.
- How are memories formed and stored? Experimental, computational and theoretical approaches to study neural plasticity
Associate Professor Marianne Fyhn, Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, UiO.
Fyhn is head of Centre for Integrative Neuroplasticity (CINPLA) which is one of the strategic research initiatives at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences with biologists, physicists, informaticians and medical researchers working side by side.
- The neurochemistry of love and well-being
Associate Professor Siri Leknes, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, UiO and the Intervention Centre, Oslo University Hospital
Leknes will discuss how the brain's endorphin and oxytocin systems contribute to love and well-being in humans and other animals. She will also talk about her collaboration with chemists to develop new and more accurate measuring methods for these small molecules in humans.
- From Interactive music-dance to clinical tool for cerebral palsy
Associate Professor Alexander Jensenius, Department of Musicology, Faculty of Humanities, UiO
Jensenius will talk about the unlikely story of how his basic music research has led to medical innovation. In 2005 he developed a method for visualizing the movements of dancers – motiongrams – with a set of accompanying software tools. Now this method is at the core of CIMA – Computer-based Infant Movement Assessment – a clinical system currently being tested in hospitals around the world, with the aim of detecting early-born infants' risk of developing cerebral palsy.
Bring your lunch and join, we serve tea and coffee!
About Life Science Lunch
This series of seminars provides insight into what life sciences are and what topics the University of Oslo and its collaborators are working on within life sciences. You will meet both established top researchers and young talents that through different approaches are working to gain new insight to solve societal challenges related to health and the environment. The seminars are a collaboration between faculties and departments, the Student Parliament, the Science Library and UiO:Life Science.