Search

Paddington Academy hosts lecture for students from leading neuroscientists

11:10 03 October 2012

Students and professors taking part in the event (Left to right: Prof John O’Keefe (Dept of Cell and Developmental Biology University College London), Ellie Miles (Advance Performance Leader Paddington Academy), Moska Rasoul (Year 12 student at PA, 17 years old), Tanjir Zaman (Year 12 student at PA, 16 years old), Prof Christopher Kennard (Department of Clinical Neurology, Oxford University) and Prof Charles Pasternak (President, OIBC).)

Students and professors taking part in the event (Left to right: Prof John O’Keefe (Dept of Cell and Developmental Biology University College London), Ellie Miles (Advance Performance Leader Paddington Academy), Moska Rasoul (Year 12 student at PA, 17 years old), Tanjir Zaman (Year 12 student at PA, 16 years old), Prof Christopher Kennard (Department of Clinical Neurology, Oxford University) and Prof Charles Pasternak (President, OIBC).)

Archant

As students are sometimes told by condescending parents or teachers, A-levels may be tough, but they’re not exactly brain surgery.

But for a group of talented students at Maida Vale’s Paddington Academy, their Monday morning lesson came very close.

Professors from Oxford University and University College London (UCL) visited the academy on Marylands Road to host a day of lectures about the inner workings of the human brain.

Moska Rasoul, a Year 12 student from Westbourne Park studying maths, chemistry, biology and economics, said: “It has really opened my eyes to what neuroscience is.

“I always wanted to be a doctor, maybe in neurology or cardiology. Today really made me feel like I could do this stuff one day.”

Fellow Year 12 student Tanjir Zaman, Westminster’s second-highest achieving Bengali GCSE student this summer, said he had enjoyed meeting the professors.

He said: “I had a conversation with one of them before and I expected him to be all grumpy and serious, but something about him was so calm and collected.

“From what I’ve heard so far, I think I could become really interested in neurology.”

Professor John O’Keefe of UCL explained to the students how the brain maps out journeys from one place to another and Professor Christopher Kennard of Oxford explained how we process vision.

The day was organised by the Oxford International Biomedical Centre (OIBC), which seeks to expose state school students to scientific discussion.

OIBC head Professor Charles Pasternak said: “It’s very important for students in state schools not just to hear about science but to hear how scientists talk.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 17:00
Basement developments have caused huge problems for neighbours. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Relieved residents have welcomed plans from Camden Council to emulate a landmark policy from another London borough to outlaw the construction of so-called “mega basements”.

Yesterday, 15:45
Medi's parents Mehdi Mehra and Mary-Anne Bowring with headteacher Lewis Heyward (centre) and UCS pupils. Picture: Polly Hancock

A football-mad schoolboy tragically killed in a freak horseriding accident is to be remembered for decades to come following the launch of an annual sports tournament in his name.

Yesterday, 15:39
Cllr Don Williams. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Discovering that you are indebted to the opposition must be a politician’s worst nightmare.

Yesterday, 14:28
In six weeks, the borough will go to the polls Pic: PA

The election campaign officially starts at the end of March – but the battle for hearts, minds and votes started long ago. Political editor Annabelle Dickson sets out her guide

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Unless you count Jeremy Paxman v EVERYBODY.

Being registered to vote is so important that even Silent Jay has something to say about it.

But the law isn’t clear about what age a child can be left alone. Confused? You’re not the only one.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder