Research Seminar MAY! @ Clare MCR Bar, Cambridge [22 May]

Research Seminar MAY!


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Clare MCR Bar
Trinity Lane, CB2 1TL Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
The next research seminar is here!

This time we will have Rodrigo Arteaga and Eddie Cano as speakers.

Rodrigo is a PhD Student in Sociology and will be presenting his topic: «Investigating investigative journalists: new reporting practices in Mexican media landscape».

Eddie Canno is an MPhil student at the Sanger institute and he will be giving the talk “A matter of miscommunication. Autoimmunity explained through 5 famous books”.

Rodrigo holds an MA in Political Studies from EHESS Paris and a BA in Political Science and Government by Colegio de México. His talk goes in depth on how in times of political turmoil, demagogy, and unfiltered misinformation, it is more important than ever to understand and think critically how journalists produce news. His research, therefore focuses on the practice of reporting performed by Mexican investigative journalists, who despite the obstacles and hostilities of the Mexican context, in recent years have shown remarkable vigour and innovation.

Eddie holds a BSc in Biotechnology from Tec de Monterrey, and has been involved in multiple experiences abroad such as a summer program for mathematical simulations in Aachen. In his talk he will walk us through the problem of autoimmunity through storytelling. For instance, how were humans saved from Martian domination in The War of the Worlds? Or, why does Svetlana Alexievich interview so many people when preparing her books? These questions, when applied to our immune system, reveal the complexity within us.
Autoimmune diseases are complex genetic traits, but they are also something more. This added level lies in communication. In the words cells tell to one another, and in the reactions these words trigger. Through 5 famous literature works, I will present some of the most important questions in immune genomics research: how determinant are genetic variants and what do they do? What role does our environment play in disease? How come some people will get sick, while others will not? Fascinating questions which still remain unanswered.

Date: Monday, 22nd May, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Clare college MCR

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