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Let's Talk about the Small Things!

Please note this event takes place on the first floor and has no step-free access.
Past event - 2019
20 May 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Old Oak, 113 Oliver Plunkett St ,
Cork T12 PY8A
Size does matter. But sometimes in life, it's the small things that count! Why not come out to the Old Oak and hear about the role of RNA and Vitamin A in cancer, plus viruses that can cause gut infections and how we characterise them and stop their spread.

Is RNA the Answer in the Fight Against Breast Cancer?

Julia Samson (PhD Candidate in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC)
The doctor said, “This could be nothing or it could be early-stage breast cancer.”

An early diagnosis has the greatest impact on a patient’s path - it can literally save lives. Can changes in cells be detected at the earliest transition to cancer? Are those changes important for the cancer to spread? Julia Samson's work focuses on a new group of molecules called long non-coding ribonucleic acids (lncRNAs) and how they might be helping cancer expansion. She'll explain how these tiny molecules could become the canary in the coalmine for cancer detection.

Stomach Bugs: Plagues or Pests?

Dr Helen O’Shea (Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences, CIT)
If you get a “tummy bug”, you might end up with the stomach ‘flu, or what doctors call acute gastroenteritis. There are actually lots of different types of tummy bugs that can cause the same symptoms, including many viruses. Some of these, like rotavirus, are especially harmful to babies, while others, like Norovirus, are so serious that they can sweep through passengers on cruise ships and can shut down hospital wards. Dr Helen O’Shea will talk about some of these viruses, why they’re hard to detect, and how they can move from pest to plague.

Vitamin A in Development and Cancer – Friend or Foe?

Dr André Toulouse (Lecturer in Anatomy & Neuroscience, UCC)
Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for the development and maintenance of our body. Since the 1930s studies have shown that too little OR too much of vitamin A can be detrimental to health. Recent studies show that vitamin A also has dual roles in cancer; Dr Andre Toulouse will explore the reasons why vitamin A could help or hinder cancer treatment.

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