My Beating Heart: Featured Open Session

Join ASCUS Lab Open Session on 21st July as cardiovascular science PhD researchers will spend the afternoon with us exploring how we experience our own heart beat through live and interactive demos.

My Beating Heart: Featured Open Session

About My Beating Heart: Featured Open Session

For our ASCUS Lab Open Session on Saturday the 21st of July we are delighted to announce that we will be joined by cardiovascular science PhD researchers Benjamin Thomas, Holly Woodward, Finnius Brunton and Tanguy Blehaut, who will spend the afternoon with us exploring how we experience our own heart beat through live and interactive demos while chatting about how this relates to the research that they do at BHF Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Edinburgh.

Cardiovascular disease kills one person every three minutes in the UK therefore research into its causes and future treatments is vital. At this featured Open Session you will get a taste of what researchers are currently exploring to further our understanding of how the heart works and what they are researching to try to better understand what is actually happening when things go wrong. How does our body create the electrical impulses needed for normal heart function? How do the muscles contract and relax endlessly throughout our lives? What actually happens to these electrical impulses and muscle contractions when we push our body through exercise and/or movement and what makes them speed up or slow down!?

Have you ever seen your own heart beat? Or heard it with your own ears? During this taster session you will get the unique opportunity to have a sensory experience of your own heart and understand more about how they do what they do. We will use ultrasound to see our hearts beating in real time and stethoscopes to hear our hearts beating. There will also be the opportunity to see heart sections under the microscope and chat to the researchers about our current understanding of our hearts. Come along and learn more about this tireless workhorse in all of us.

Note: This event is an informal and experiential event to speak to scientists researching the mechanisms behind heart function. If you have genuine concerns about your heart health please see your GP or a medical professional. The tissue and samples for viewing on the day will be from mice and zebrafish provided by cardiovascular scientists conducting scientific research into human health.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for My Beating Heart: Featured Open Session are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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