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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Healthy Ageing: Durham Against Dementia

10:30am to 4:00pm, Joachim Room, St Hild & St Bede College, Leazes Road, Durham, DH1 1SZ

Welcome to the launch of the new initiative ‘Healthy Ageing: Durham Against Dementia’

This initiative has two related aims: healthier ageing and fighting dementia. To achieve these aims, we will build on research in animal models and humans in Durham and elsewhere, and bring together academics and clinicians from local NHS Trusts. We argue for the particular advantages of psychological assessment in achieving these aims, and for the importance of targeting not only the early stages of dementia, but also the stages before disease onset. Accordingly, one key research focus will be on developing and refining neuropsychological tests that can detect the earliest stages of dementia and higher risk-of-dementia. We want to facilitate advances in screening, diagnosis and prevention.

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Coffee from 10.30am. Lunch and Refreshments will be provided.

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Wednesday 1 November 2017

Light and Colour in Life and Art

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Elvet Riverside 201, Durham City, Professor Anya Hurlbert, Newcastle University

St Cuthbert's Society's Annual Fellows' Lecture

Professor Anya Hurlbert from the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, will deliver this public lecture. Light shapes human behaviour, giving rise to conscious perception and unconscious biological rhythms. We both see and feel variations in light, constructing colours in our minds from the light reflected by objects, and adapting our moods to changes in the environmental illumination. Why are strawberries red even when they reflect blue light? What does it mean to see red? Does blue light make us more alert? Why do different people see colours differently? Was Monet unusually “colour-inconstant”?

In this lecture, Anya Hurlbert will explore the effects of light and colour on seeing and feeling, in the natural world and in art, and explore the challenges and opportunities afforded by new lighting technologies, for human perception and performance.

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