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[22-03-2007 to 22-04-2007]


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Stuffed Animals live in the museum ?!

On Thursday 15th March the Bell Pettigrew Museum hosted a folk concert by student band "Empty Casket" renamed "The Stuffed Animals" for the occasion! Three of the band members are final year Biology students. The audience of staff and students enjoyed old favourites by Dylan and Martin Carthy/Dave Swarbrick as well as material written by the band. We were all amazed by the excellent acoustics - the Museum is a superb music venue and we hope to use it more often for this purpose.

contact: Prof Alyson Tobin


 

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  • Marine microplastics
    speaker: Dr Erik van Sebille (Imperial)

    building: SOI
    room: LT
    see also: additional details
    host/contact: Prof Andrew Brierley

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  • CBD Seminar: Understanding speech and language: from genes to bats and beyond
    speaker: Sonja Vernes (Max Planck Institute for Psychlinguistics)

    building: Dyers Brae
    room: Seminar Room
    see also: additional details
    host/contact: ecg5@st-andrews.ac.uk

    The capacity for speech and language is a fundamental trait of humankind, and is of intense interest across diverse fields including linguistics, anthropology, neuroscience and molecular and evolutionary biology. I will present recent work from my research program using diverse, complementary approaches to study the genetic underpinnings of speech and language including; clinical studies that investigate the genetic causes of speech and language disorders; molecular studies that demonstrate how genes influence neuronal development and function; and work in animal models linking gene function to behaviours relevant for spoken language.


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  • CBD Seminar: Sex differences in the effect of diet on survival in stickleback fish
    speaker: Craig Walling (The University of Edinburgh)

    building: Dyers Brae
    room: Seminar Room
    see also: additional details
    host/contact: ecg5@st-andrews.ac.uk

    Dietary restriction is renowned as the most consistent environmental intervention to extend lifespan and delay ageing. Typically this effect is thought to result from a reduction in the availability of calories and a subsequent switch from investment in reproduction to investment in survival under conditions of poor resource availability. However, recent work has questioned the generality of the effect of DR, demonstrating a stronger effect in laboratory adapted than non-adapted populations and a stronger effect in females than males. In addition the role of calories has been questioned, with experiments using a broader range of diets suggesting variation in the ratio of macronutrients is more important in determining lifespan, with high protein diets resulting in lower lifespan. I will present early results from an investigation of the role of calories and macronutrient ratio in determining survival and reproduction in a wild derived population of freshwater fish, the stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus. In this study, we reared fish on one of 15 diet treatments varying in both protein to lipid ratio (P:L) and availability to allow separation of the effects of macronutrients and calories. Results suggest that P:L is more important in determining survival and reproduction than calories. In general males and females invested more in reproduction with increasing protein ingestion, but there was variation between traits and the amount of lipid ingested was also important for female reproduction.  In addition, there appears to be a sex difference in the effect of diet on lifespan. Males reared on high P:L diets suffered higher mortality than those reared on lower P:L, but this does not appear to be true for females. I will discuss these results in the light of recent work assessing the importance of calories and macronutrients in determining survival and reproduction and the evolutionary explanation for the existence of sex differences in the effect of DR.


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  • CBD Seminar: Conflicts between biodiversity conservation and human livelihoods: an interdisciplinary approach
    speaker: Nils Bunnfield (Stirling University )

    building: Dyers Brae
    room: Seminar Room
    see also: additional details
    host/contact: ecg5@st-andrews.ac.uk

    Conflicts between human livelihoods and biodiversity conservation are increasing in scale and intensity and have been shown to be damaging for both biodiversity and humans. Managing a specific natural resource often results in conflict between those stakeholders focussing on improving livelihoods and food security and those focussed on biodiversity conversation. Uncertainty, for example from climate change, decreases food security, puts further pressure on biodiversity and exacerbates conflicts. I will present first results towards developing a novel model that integrates game theory and social-ecological modelling to develop new approaches to manage conservation conflicts. The project has importance for society at large because ecosystems and their services are central to human wellbeing and unlocking these conflicts will provide great potential for a more sustainable future.


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  • CBD Seminar: How did the butterfly get its colours? The genetic control of colour and pattern diversity in Heliconius butterflies
    speaker: Nicola Nadeau (The University of Sheffield)

    building: Dyers Brae
    room: Seminar Room
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    host/contact: ecg5@st-andrews.ac.uk

    Butterfly wing patterns are a striking example of biological diversity.The neotropical Heliconius butterflies in particular have extensive within and between species diversity in their wing colour patterns. Some of this diversity is due to variation at the gene cortex, which has repeatedly been targeted by natural selection, both to produce mimetic colour pattern resemblances within Heliconius and remarkably to shift camouflage in the peppered moth. I will also talk about ongoing work in my lab to identify genes controlling iridescent structural colour.


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  • CBD Seminar: TBA
    speaker: Amanda Bretman (University of Leeds )

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  • 10-02-2017 at 13-00 - Lecture, Talk
    Ageing Healthily - a public lunchtime lecture on the Biology of Ageing
    Professor Dame Linda Partridge
    Byre Theatre

    10-02-2017 at 13-00 - Lecture, Talk
    Ageing Healthily - a public lunchtime lecture on the Biology of Ageing

    Professor Dame Linda Partridge
    Byre Theatre

    In celebration of the UN's International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we welcome Professor Dame Linda Partridge to give a lecture on her research into the biology of ageing. Professor Partridge is the Director of the UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing and co-founder of the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing. Her research is directed to understanding both how the rate of ageing evolves in nature and the mechanisms by which healthy lifespan can be extended in laboratory model organisms. This talk will discuss recent discoveries of treatments that ameliorate the ageing process.

    <p>Improvement in human life expectancy is to be celebrated, but it is also revealing ageing to be the major risk factor for multiple age-related diseases. Surprisingly, ageing has proved to be a malleable process. Health during ageing can be increased and lifespan extended by genetic and environmental interventions. Some of these, such as dietary restriction and reduced activity of nutrient-sensing signaling networks, can ameliorate the effects of ageing in diverse organisms, possibly including humans. Understanding the modulations of signalling that can improve health with fewest side-effects is therefore an important goal. This talk will discuss some of the recent discoveries, including the prospect for re-purposing existing drugs to protect against the effects of ageing. The findings are pointing to the prospect of a broad spectrum, preventative medicine for the diseases of human ageing.</p> <p>Free, but ticketed. Tickets from the Byre box office.</p>

    further details

    prebooking: No
    audience: All staff and students, Prospective students, Public
    contact: Nora Hanson




  • 25-01-2017 at 13-00 - Seminar
    Targeting NRLP3 inflammasome in drug discovery
    Dr Avril Robertson
    BMS Seminar room

    25-01-2017 at 13-00 - Seminar
    Targeting NRLP3 inflammasome in drug discovery

    Dr Avril Robertson
    BMS Seminar room

    Dr Avril Robertson of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland presents as part of the BSRC Seminar Series/EaSTCHEM seminar Series.

    prebooking: No
    audience: All staff and students
    contact: Dr C Botting/Dr H Ferreira




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