• Brain Research & Imaging Centre, C/O Hyperbaric Medical Centre, Research Way, Plymouth PL6 8BU, and also streamed live online

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We are proud to present the Inaugural Professorial Lecture of Professor Stephen Hall.

The human brain generates enough electricity to power a small lightbulb and is more powerful than a supercomputer. How exactly does it work? And what are those electrical impulses doing? Understanding the mysteries of this complex organ could unlock the answers to improving treatments for disorders such as Alzheimer’s, stroke, Parkinson’s and epilepsy.

Professor of Human Neuroimaging, Stephen Hall, takes a closer look inside the brain using advanced imaging techniques to understand how its electrical rhythms control cognition and behaviour. He shares how he draws from his pharmacology background when applying knowledge of how and why neural mechanisms can go wrong to inform potential treatments, as well as offering insight into how his extensive translational research has helped to join the important pieces of the neural jigsaw.

Since joining Plymouth, he has focused on creating the region’s most advanced multi-modal human neuroscience facility in the form of the Brain Research & Imaging Centre (BRIC). Built in collaboration with University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and DDRC Healthcare, Stephen directs the centre that houses seven cutting-edge human research laboratories led by top experts that will rapidly improve health and wellbeing in the region and beyond.  

There will be opportunity at the end for Stephen to answer your questions in a live Q&A.

You are welcome to join us for University of Plymouth's Inaugural Professorial Lecture series, which provide a milestone event in a professorial career. Through these we can promote and celebrate the academic reputation and achievements within their research.

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This event is open to the public and free to attend. This is a hybrid-delivery event, meaning there will be some limited, socially-distanced seating available for in-person attendance or alternatively you can participate in the event live using Zoom. Please register using the link above.

Please note that the lecture will commence at 6.30pm. For those attending in person, arrival from 6pm will allow a brief look into the newly-launched BRIC facility before the event begins.


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Brain Research & Imaging Centre

The Brain Research & Imaging Centre (BRIC), the most advanced multi-modal brain imaging facility in the South West, will provide the sea-change to enhance the quality of our research in human neuroscience.

With seven cutting-edge human research laboratories, BRIC will include an MRI suite with the most advanced 3-Tesla scanner in the region. It will critically advance our enquiry toward the most advanced brain research, improved radiological diagnostics and better patient care.

Find out more about the facility

Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research

From basic research discovering the causes of disease, through to evaluating novel ways of delivering care to the most vulnerable people in society, our thriving community conducts adventurous world-leading research

Transformation in life course, ageing, methodologies, eHealth, technology and interventions in health, social care, lifestyle and wellbeing.

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Psychology research

Psychology research

Plymouth is in the top 20 of all UK universities in psychology, neuroscience and psychiatry with 83 per cent of our research output rated world-leading or internationally excellent by REF2014

Research seminars, online studies, current grants and recent publications.

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Public Research Programme

The year-long programme of public events showcases our research across a spectrum of topics. It presents our annual Research Festival, the Inaugural Professorial Lecture series, the Public Research Lecture series, the new Christmas Research Lecture, and selected lectures featuring keynote speakers throughout the year.

All are welcome to join us as our academics open the door to the intriguing world of research, inviting you to learn more about the fascinating work taking place across the University.

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