Tuesday 27th January 2015
Dr Jonathan Taylor (University of Glasgow)
Heart-stopping moments in biomedical imaging - how physics is helping advance cardiac medicine
All talks start at 7.30pm in the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22 - 26 George Street, with refreshments from 7.00 pm
Free and open to non-members
Abstract: Much can be learned about the development of the heart by studying small animals such as the zebrafish. Imaging the normally-beating heart requires us to look deep inside living tissue, at a structure that is constantly moving. I will show how techniques such as fluorescence imaging and adaptive optics can give us unprecedented views inside a living animal as we watch the heart grow. Realtime image analysis makes it possible to synchronize this imaging to the beat of the heart, allowing us to "freeze" the motion of the heart and obtain a snapshot of the heart in on the level of individual cells. Advances such as these in imaging and optics are making it possible for biomedical researchers to study the heart in its natural environment in greater detail than ever before.