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16:00 - 17:00 20 January 2012

The Wonder of the Wanderer (What the vagus nerve can do for you)


John Hanbury Lecture Theatre, The School of Pharmacy |

Open to: Academic | Student

Speaker information

, University of Leeds

Speaker: Prof. J. Deuchars, Professor in Systems Neuroscience, Institute of Membrane Biology, University of Leeds. Host: The School of Pharmacy, 2012 Physiological Society GL Brown Prize Lecture. Abstract: I will do my best to fulfil this remit, so be prepared for some (hopefully) informative material, sprinkled with a little fun! My subject is the vagus nerve, the 10th cranial nerve. This parasympathetic nerve originates in the brainstem, transmitting signals to and from many major organs in the body, helping them perform their normal functions in keeping the body working. I will explore some of the functions of the vagus, concentrating on its involvement in disease states. Electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve is currently being explored as a treatment for a surprising diversity of diseases - I will examine evidence associated with some of these. In return I may ask for a little audience participation, but no need to be nervous as not one individual will be singled out.


Mala M. Shah
Please email | mala.shah@pharmacy.ac.uk