New book connects theory with real-life applications

Bionanotechnology: Concepts and Applications is a new book from Cambridge University Press by Dr. Ljiljana Fruk, University of Cambridge and Antonina Kerbs, Miltenyi Biotec B.V. & Co. KG.

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A V Hill Lecture - The Rewarded Brain

Professor Wolfram Schultz

  • 18:30 - 19:30 Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre

The talk will describe the properties of neurons in the brain’s reward systems and how their action contributes to economic decision-making. Each of several reward systems, including the dopamine neurons, striatum, amygdala and orbitofrontal cortex, play a unique role in these processes. The details of this function are currently being investigated using designs based on behavioral theories, such as animal learning theory, machine learning and economic utility theory.

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Honorary Fellows Lecture - Should we trust statistics?

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter FRS OBE

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The current pandemic has emphasised the key role that statistics play in understanding what is going on around us.  But how reliable are all these numbers?  How much should we trust what we hear and read?  I will look at the way that statistics can be used to try and persuade audiences to think or act in a certain way, and contrast this with efforts to make communication 'trustworthy'. 

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