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Catch up on our lectures from the 2011-2012 season

Sex, drugs, rock and mental health

Professor Mike Crawford (Medicine) explores how we can tell if treatments such as talking, art and music therapies are truly effective for people with complex mental health needs.

Asthma in the DNA age

Professor Miriam Moffatt (NHLI) explores current research into asthma and explains how airway microbes may be involved in both causing and protecting against this respiratory disease.

Spacetime and the quantum: united by history

Theoretical physicist Professor Fay Dowker (Physics) explains why general relativity and quantum theory are still only 'revolutions in waiting'.

Body heal thyself

Professor Sara Rankin (NHLI) talks about leukocyte and stem cell biology.

Hustling for health

What links the risk of HIV among sex workers, the development of large biobanks and research into patient experience? Find out with Professor Helen Ward (School of Public Health).  

Tropical tales from the frontline

Front-line emergency care in sub-Saharan Africa is improving, but still provides many challenges for medics, says Professor Kath Maitland (Medicine).

Graphene: materials in the flatland

Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov, from the University of Manchester, talks about his Nobel Prize winning discovery graphene, and what the future holds for it, in the 2012 Kohn Award Lecture.

What is life?

Professor Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, shows how scientific process has changed how we answer one of the most pertinent questions of human history, in the 2011 Schrödinger Lecture.

Regeneration and the immune system

Professor Nadia Rosenthal (NHLI) discusses human tissue regeneration.

The LHC at CERN: exploring physics moments after the big bang

Explore some of the background to the discovery of the Higgs boson with Professor Jim Virdee (Physics) one of the founder members of the Compact Muon Solenoid detector in the Large Hadron Collider.

Megaflood: how Britain became an island

Dr Jenny Collier (Earth Science and Engineering) explains the history of the English Channel during a talk originally given at the 2012 Imperial Festival.

The art of surgery - encounters and connections

Professor Roger Kneebone (Surgery and Cancer) explores how surgery can be considered a profession that is also a craft and a performance.

Travel with T cells - a journey into childhood immunity and global health

Professor Beate Kampmann (Medicine) talks about her experiences researching childhood immunity in Africa with a particular focus on TB.

Giving accelerators a 'light' push

Professor Zulfikar Najmudin (Physics) shows how lasers and plasmas may herald the future for particle accelerators.

Oral vaccines - making them work in children who need them

Professor Nick Grassly (School of Public Health) discusses how we can make poliovirus vaccines more effective in the developing world.

A good start in life: go to work on an egg

Other lectures in 2011-2012

Professor Mark Neil (Physics) – Programmable light

Professor Ralph Knoll (NHLI) – Molecular mechanisms and future therapies in heart failure

Professor Velisa Vesovic (Earth Science and Engineering) – The molecular world: the rise and fall of viscocity

Professor Paolo Zaffaroni (Business School) – Financial econometrics: theory for practice

Professor Sanjeev Gupta (Earth Science and Engineering) – New vistas of Mars

Professor Steve Gentleman (Medicine) – Brains, trains and automobiles: an eventful journey