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What are brain waves and how do they change with our behaviour? How can heart failure be managed using computer interfaces? How are computers used to examine how microbes effect the health and efficiancy of animals? How do cattle impact on the water quality of our streams? Find out the answers to these questions, and maybe bag some free Pint of Science goodies by joining us in The Bartender, Dundalk! Event is over 18s only.
Brain waves: a window into the mind?
Professor Mark Cunningham (Ellen Mayston Bates Professor of Neurophysiology of Epilepsy)
What sort of electrical activity does your brain generate? Want to see this activity? This talk will reveal the organised ensembles of electrical activity that the brain produces and why this activity is important for everyday tasks. Brain waves have intrigued scientists for over a 100 years. Using EEG technology I will demonstrate patterns of brain oscillations. I will show how these patterns change depending on behavioural state and explain the science behind this activity. The talk will discuss the wider implications of brain waves and their importance in health and disease.
If cattle drink, water might stink
Patricia Antunes (Postgraduate Research Student at Dundalk Institute of Technology)
In Ireland, where cattle-based agriculture is dominant, the consumption of contaminated water has been linked to consistently high incidence rates of E. coli O157 infection, with 16.6 cases per 100 000 population reported in 2017 compared to an average incidence of 1.66/100 000 in the EU. The impacts on water quality of direct cattle access to rural streams for drinking and/or crossing between fields were assessed in different catchments across Ireland. Cattle in-stream activity can substantially increase the levels of faecal microorganisms on stream sediments and waters.
Managing heart failure
David McQuaid (Assistant Lecturer at Dundalk Institute of Technology)
How can humans and computers interact to actively manage our health? Join me to discover how the linkages between computer interfaces and behaviour can be used to manage heart failure
From bacteria to climate change
Professor Chris Creevey (Professor of Computational Biology at Queen's University, Belfast)
What role can computers play in making animals in agriculture more healthy and more efficient while lessening their impact on the environment and climate change? Join me to understand the important role microbes have on the inner workings of animals, and how learning about the evolution of microbial communities can assist in agricultural and environmental management