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Schools talk: Brain hacking with viruses

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The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


A schools-only talk by Dr Stephanie Schorge, exploring how the brain can be hacked to cure epilepsy.

Dr Stephanie Schorge

Epilepsy is a killer disease that claims thousands of lives every year and there is, as yet, no known cure for epilepsy. However, although HIV is dangerous virus that can lead to AIDS, scientists have found a way to hijack the HIV virus and to use it to repair neurons and potentially cure epilepsy. 

In this interactive talk, Dr Stephanie Schorge explores the science of brain hacking using gene therapy.

Dr Stephanie Schorge is a Royal Society University Research Fellow, currently working at UCL Institute of Neurology. Stephanie works on harnessing gene therapy to manipulate ion channel expression in order to develop new treatments for neurological diseases including epilepsy.

Running times

This talk is 30 minutes long, running on:

  • Monday 4 July at 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 
  • Tuesday 5 July at 10.30am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.45pm

Attending the event

This talk is exclusive to pre-registered school groups.

  • Seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Doors open 15 minutes before and we encourage schools to arrive early to guarantee a place
  • This event is part of the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2016

For all enquiries, please contact

Schools talk: Brain hacking with viruses The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK