A focus on the world of medicine at Grantham’s Gravity Fields Festival

An X Ray Vision with Hugh Turvey
An X Ray Vision with Hugh Turvey
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Medical matters are high profile at September’s Gravity Fields Festival, from myths and misconceptions to new proton cancer treatment and what happens to an astronaut’s body in space.

Some of the UK’s top medical brains are heading for Grantham to deliver their findings during Gravity Fields Festival (September 24-28).

Death of an Astronaut - a Virtual Autopsy with Dr Suzy Lishman

Death of an Astronaut - a Virtual Autopsy with Dr Suzy Lishman

On September 26, Dr Suzy Lishman, vice president of the Royal College of Pathologists and a Royal Society Kohn Prize winner, questions how an astronaut’s body adapts to zero gravity after months in space in ‘Death of an Astronaut – Virtual Autopsy’. Three talks at the King’s School speculate on what happens to the body in space as it adapts to zero gravity and the changes that might be found in an astronaut after death.

Dr Lishman, also consultant cellular pathologist at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, follows up with a Friday afternoon talk on ‘Medical Myths and Misconceptions’ at the Guildhall. Ever wondered whether your hair continues grow after you die? Or have you thought about whether can you live without five internal organs? She delves into the truth behind 10 common myths.

Professor Gary Royle presents ‘History of Radiology’ at the Guildhall on the Friday, looking back to the late 1800s when X-rays were first discovered and exploring discoveries such as Marie Curie and her work on radiation. Hugh Turvey, artist in residence at the British Institute of Radiology, brings the science bang up to date with ‘An X-Ray Vision’ at the Angel & Royal Hotel on Saturday with amazing images of what lies below the surface.

Another Angel & Royal Saturday event shares hope of a new proton cancer treatment which could revolutionise the treatment of childhood and difficult to treat cancers amidst the 300,000 people diagnosed in the UK annually. Professor Nigel Allinson MBE, a professor of image engineering at the University of Lincoln, is at the forefront of the international PRaVDA research project exploring proton treatment. There is also a display exhibit at The George Centre Science Fair.

On September 28, Deborah Bull, former principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, will thrill ballet lovers at the Guildhall.

In ‘The Dancer’s Brain’ she delivers her unique perspective on how moving muscle movements are the visible consequence of an invisible ballet of firing neurons, electronic pulses and chemical reactions.

And if every picture tells a story, what a story Dr Afzal Ansary tells in the stunning pictures he has assembled for the International Images for Science Exhibition for the Royal Photographic Society.

The Belton House and Grantham Museum exhibitions are a tribute to Dr Anzary’s lifetime of working in medical and scientific imaging photography. His Wednesday talk at the Angel and Royal Hotel explains the importance of photographic imaging or science.

There is even blood and guts for the kids, thanks to ‘Glorious Blood’ a Thursday show from the London’s Science Museum following the blood through the body - and out of it.

Councillor Bob Adams, South Kesteven District Council portfolio holder for leisure arts and culture, said: “We are constantly reminded of the importance of medical science for our own health.

“How fascinating to see first hand how the boundaries are being pushed and how lucky we are to have such eminent speakers in Grantham as part of our festival. They offer a look into the past, the present, a significant view of the future, and even a look into space!”

For a full list of events visit the website or to book call the Guildhall box office on 01476 406158.