Taboos, ethics and issues surrounding brain donation will be debated at the Wellcome Trust on 6 October 2011.
Speakers on the expert panel include Dr Bronwyn Parry, a social scientist at Queen Mary, University of London; Professor Carol Brayne, epidemiologist and public health physician at Cambridge University; Michael Parker, professor of bioethics and Director of the Ethox Centre and artist Ania Dabrowska.
The free event accompanies a revolutionary photography exhibition featuring portraits of brain donors whose identities are revealed for the first time.
The Mind Over Matter exhibition reveals the extraordinary contribution that 12 donors, aged between 83 and 101, will make to finding cures for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
By demystifying what happens in brain bank laboratories, the exhibition draws back the veil of secrecy surrounding organ donation and celebrates those who elect to donate their brains after death to further neuroscientic research.
Mind Over Matter exhibition
12-23 Oct 2011
Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT
Private view & book launch
11 Oct 2011, 4.30pm-9pm
Representing the Contentious: A Symposium
14 October 2011; 10am-4pm
Shoreditch Town Hall
Tickets Free, registration required
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