Public Engagement

'Wonders of the Wanderer' lecture on tour

Professor Jim Deuchars has been awarded the G.L. Brown Prize Lecture 2012 by the Physiological Society of Great Britain.

The G.L. Brown Prize Lecture is intended to stimulate an interest in physiology in younger audiences.

Professor Deuchars has taken his 'Wonders of the Wanderer' lecture on the road and delivered lectures in universities across the UK. The Wonders of the Wanderer lecture explores the vagus nerve, delivering informative material sprinkled with a little karaoke fun.

The lecture tour explores some of the functions of the vagus nerve, concentrating on its involvement in disease states. Electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve is currently being explored as a treatment for a surprising diversity of diseases such as epilepsy and heart failure.

Professor Deuchars recorded the lecture in 2011 with first year students studying BSc Neuroscience, Human Physiology, Pharmacology and Medical Sciences at the University of Leeds. The lecture has been enjoyed by students at universities across the UK, including UCL, Birmingham, Bristol, Sheffield and St Andrews.