How the brain destroys itself video transcript
Knowing that iron is going up in the brain as we get older anyway, is it possible that we can handicap ourselves by putting too much iron in the brain when it's most vulnerable?
11 September 2014
We often marvel at the wonders of the human brain, how it can adapt, change, repair and learn. However, for diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the brain itself just might be its own worst enemy. A combination of age, our genetic makeup and the world around us all serve to turn the cells within our brain against themselves, and it’s something we just might set ourselves up for when we’re children.
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About the speaker
Dr Dominic Hare will tell a cautionary tale about how our brains grow, live and die; and how the chemistry of the brain that makes humans so unique might be responsible for why things go wrong. He will get you thinking about the inevitability of life, death and taxes, and how rapidly advancing science is outpacing our brain’s evolutionary capacity for change.
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