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My Friend MEG, the Mind Reader

30th November 2007 – for immediate release

On Thursday 6 December 2007, Professor Paul Furlong from Aston University will be coming to Thinktank to deliver an evening talk exploring the latest brain scanning techniques being used in Birmingham today. This talk will begin at 6.00pm and is free to attend.

As part of on going partnership between neuroscientists at Aston University and Thinktank, this is the last of this year’s contemporary science talks at the museum. Prof Furlong has recently been awarded an OSCAR (Outstanding Scientific Contribution to Animal Replacements) for his Department's work with human subjects. Traditionally, these experiments would have been done on animals but through the use of state of the art MEG and MRI scanners, the same experiments can be done more accurately and provide more information on conscious humans. Visitors are invited to join Prof Furlong as he discusses the role that these machines play in modern neuroscience and find out about some of the huge advances his team is making in understanding the human mind.

This talk is taking place as part of a series of collaborations that Thinktank has with research departments within Birmingham’s local universities. This is the second talk from Aston University’s Neuroscientists and also follows a packed ‘Meet the Scientist’ event over October half term when Aston’s scientists were in the museum talking about their work and life as a scientist. Visitors also had the chance to try out the brain scanning experience and the museum had live web link ups to the Aston University MRI labs.

Complementary refreshments will be available from 5.30pm. This event is free, but seating is limited and advance booking is advised.

To book please call 0121 202 2222 or e-mail: tickets@thinktank.ac

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Notes to Editor

1) Thinktank, Birmingham's award-winning science museum has over 200 interactive exhibits throughout 4 floors. Thinktank examines the past, investigates the present, explores what the future may bring and helps visitors to understand how science and technology shape our lives.www.thinktank.ac

2) Millennium Point is England's largest landmark Millennium Project outside of London. It opened in September 2001 on time and within budget (total cost £114 million, including £50 million of Millennium Commission lottery funding and £25.6 million from the European Regional Development Fund).www.millenniumpoint.org.uk

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