Friday, January 11 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Frontier Science: How do we know how much to breathe? (415)

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Human cells require fuel and oxygen to make energy. By considering the functions of the heart and lungs, this interactive session will explore how the delivery of oxygen to each of our cells is exactly matched to how much is needed, and what the consequences are when this goes wrong.

Whether you are a biology, chemistry or physics teacher, there will be something in this session for you. By discussing the physiological mechanims underlying the functioning of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems we will explore how our breathing is accurately matched to our metabolism to ensure that we maintain a constant internal environment and that each and every cell can perform optimally. It is the matching between ventilation and metabolism that goes wrong in disease, and we will look at how some of the mechanisms in the body which usually function to maintain this environment can themselves go wrong and cause disease. 

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Dr Clare Ray

Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham
I am a Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences and the College of Medical and Dental Sciences lead for Outreach and Widening Participation. My research interests are in the area of cardio-respiratory integration and control and my work has focussed on the control... Read More →

Friday January 11, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Aston Webb WG12