Beacon lectures are free and open to all, and take place on Thursday evenings from 6-7pm in Physics Lecture Theatre C in the Physics building at the North Haugh. The lectures highlight post-doctoral researchers from various departments showcasing the cutting edge research being undertaken at the University. [Complete lecture series list]
9th February 2012
Facilitating meaningful communication between people with advanced dementia and their caregivers
Dr Maggie Ellis: School of Psychology
Many people in nursing homes have advanced dementia. Their decline often progresses to the point where they can no longer walk or talk and their social world is typically limited to interactions that take place during the provision of routine care. This presentation will describe my work developing Adaptive Interaction (AI), a non-verbal technique for interacting with those with advanced dementia using behaviours like sounds and gestures that are familiar to them. I will illustrate AI by showing video clips of it in action and will also discuss the challenges of training care home staff members to use the technique.
16th February 2012
Molecular machines at atomic resolution: protein x-ray crystallography reveals how bacteria construct their cell wall
Dr Gregor Hagelüken: School of Chemistry