Hurtado Jesuit Centre welcome Oxford research scientist
The Hurtado Jesuit Centre in Wapping will be welcoming Oxford-based research scientist, Baroness Susan Greenfield to their evening seminar.
At the event scheduled to take place on the 6th of February, Baroness Susan Greenfield, who is also an author and broadcaster will be participating in a discussion based on her frontier work on the brain as a neuroscientist. In the context of the seminars ‘A Post Truth Word- Are We Losing Our Minds?’, Baroness Susan Greenfield will present the topic ‘The 21st Century Mind: Blowing It, Expanding It, Losing It’.
A small synopsis of Baroness Susan Greenfield's presentation stated that: "Since the 21st Century is delivering new technologies that are transforming our environment in unprecedented ways, it follows that the human brain, and thus our minds, could also be undergoing unprecedented changes: Blowing It. Meanwhile, consciousness is the ultimate miracle, – and enigma. Subsecond imaging is enabling us, for the first time, to characterize a previously under-appreciated fundamental brain mechanism: Expanding It. One of the biggest problems of our time is Alzheimer’s Disease. Our research suggests that this devastating condition is an inappropriate recapitulation of a developmental mechanism: Losing It".
Br Stephen Power SJ met Susan post-school in 1970 before she became famous for her work. Speaking about the seminar, he said "We have met occasionally since. For religious minded people, there is an interesting YouTube video of a discussion between her and Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on ‘Faith & Science’. People still go off trekking to far-flung corners of the world but you might say that the ultimate frontiers in our world lie within, including within our brains yet we know so little about them. Come and learn a bit more! Jesuits and friends most welcome!"
Susan Greenfield has held research fellowships in the Department of Physiology Oxford, the College de France Paris, and NYU Medical Center New York. She has since been awarded 32 Honorary Degrees from British and foreign universities. In 2000 she was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians. She is also currently President of a biotech company (www.neuro-bio.com) that she founded in 2013.