Mathematics vs Dementia – Professor Alain Goriely, Professor of Mathematical Modelling, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

November 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Pfizer Lecture Theatre
Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road
Krishna Amin

Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s are devastating conditions with poorly understood mechanisms and no cure. Yet, a striking feature of these conditions is the characteristic pattern of invasion throughout the brain, leading to well-codified disease stages associated with various cognitive deficits and pathologies. How can we use mathematical modelling to gain insight into this process and, doing so, gain understanding about how the brain works? In this talk, Professor Alain Goriely shows that by linking new mathematical theories to recent progress in imaging, we can unravel some of the universal features associated with dementia and, more generally, brain functions. Professor Alain Goriely is currently a Professor of Mathematical Modelling at the University of Oxford. He currently serves as the director of the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (OCIAM), and director of the International Brain and Mechanics Lab.