Jennifer Cassidy (Science Foundation Ireland) will talk live from Ireland about the ongoing public engagement programs to foster the understanding of STEM issues by bringing STEM into everybody’s house in Ireland for one week via TV and national science fairs. Learn how to how to cook and use 3-D printers in space!
Saturday: New treatments for chronic diseases that are very painful due to inflammation are on the horizon from the research of Prof. Luke O’Neill (Trinity College, Dublin). Arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, heart disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s Disease are currently difficult to treat. His group has discovered how certain cells of the immune system change when they are activated and cause inflammation - by manipulating the cells they can now turn them “off’ providing an avenue for novel therapies.
Sunday: We talk live with Dr. Annie Curtis (Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin) who is studying how our “biological clock”, a system that responds to visual cues during daylight hours and night, affects the immune system. When the clock is disrupted for example in night workers, airline pilots and international travelers, symptoms of asthma, heart disease or arthritic joint pain worsen. Her research has implications for not only how people with inflammatory conditions are treated but also the time of day treatments are given.
Make sure to catch STEM videos for kids in the Culture Cafe at 11 a.m. Saturday & Sunday!!