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Royal Society 2013 International lecture by Dr Christian Amatore

Event details

Dr Christian Amatore is from the Institut de France, Académie des Sciences.

This lecture will look at several features of oxidative stress in the brain as explored by new methods in electrochemistry.  Oxidative stress damages are important causative factors in several human diseases (DNA alteration, ageing, several cancers, AIDS, Parkinson and Alzheimer’ disease, etc.) Yet, oxidative stress is also used positively by living organisms to manage the size and shape of organs and it is central to macrophage functions in preventing bacterial infection of organisms. Christian Amatore will discuss how the use of ultramicroelectrodes is helping to reveal how neurons interact with blood capillaries to control the flow of blood to the brain – a process which relies on oxidative stress for its control.

During his career, Christian Amatore has provided electrochemists with instrumental and conceptual means enabling them to tackle key problems in organic, inorganic and organometallic chemistry catalysis as well as in biology and nanosciences. He is a Member of the French Académie des Sciences, President Elect of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and served as one of the twenty members of the High Council of Science and Technology which advised the French Presidents on scientific matters. He is Honorary Professor of many major universities around the world, has received numerous national and international awards and medals and has been knighted in the French Orders of Meritus and of Légion d’Honneur.

Attending this event

This event is free to attend and open to all. No tickets are required. Doors open at 17:30 and seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

We have a limited number of spaces for wheelchair users and ten bookable seats for people with impaired mobility who are unable to queue. To book in advance, please email