You could help break a world record to mark the inaugural World Encephalitis Day, on February 20
Staff, students, patients and members of the public are being urged to get involved with a Guinness World Record attempt to create the ‘largest human image of an organ’.
The attempt is being led by Professor Tom Solomon, Head of the Institute of Infection and Global Health, and will take place in University Square at midday on Thursday, 20 February.
World Encephalitis Day
The Big Brain World Record attempt will mark the first ever World Encephalitis Day, and will be created by hundreds of people assembling at the University and standing in the shape of a Big Brain.
Professor Solomon researches encephalitis – a disease characterised by inflammation and swelling of the brain, often caused by a virus. It occurs right across the globe, and can affect all ages. As well as heading the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health, Professor Solomon also looks after patients at the The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, and works closely the Alder Hey Hospital, and with the Encephalitis Society.
To represent the different lobes of the brain, participants will be given different coloured rain ponchos, and to add to the occasion they will be attempting to create the largest ever brain wave. A team from Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) are helping make it into a real science-art performance and support for the event is also coming from the Wellcome Trust.
The event is free but participants need to register to take part. For more details please visit http://www.liv.ac.uk/infection-and-global-health/bigbrain/
Professor Solomon said: “Encephalitis occurs right across the globe, and can affect all ages, so we would like to attract people from all communities and all ages to help make up the Big Brain. In Liverpool, we are doing more research to combat encephalitis than anywhere else in the world, with major projects in the UK, Asia and Africa; so it seems fitting that the Big Brain will mark World Encephalitis Day right here in the city.
“There is the chance to learn more about the brain and this important disease, both from researchers, and people affected by the condition. But we will also have a lot of fun, seeing what our Big Brain can do!”
For further information, please contact Nicola Frost at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well done to all the record breakers. Looked amazing from the Foundation Building.
You must be logged in to post a comment.
All recent news
Architecture student projects nominated for top industry prize
£12m Teaching Hub ready to welcome students
Liverpool Literary Festival returns for 2018, with Tony Robinson, Val McDermid, Sally Rooney and more
Madonna: pop’s superlative shapeshifter turns 60 with style
People with dementia and financial abuse – the warning signs and how to avoid it
Tune into BBC1 at 7.30pm tonight for #TateLiverpool30, featuring our @TateExchange programme #MadeFromLight by @LitSciHub. More here > https://t.co/YtlDQF4MDX
Madonna has never stopped challenging popular culture stereotypes writes Dr @freya_jarman for @ConversationUK #MadonnaAt60 https://t.co/ywNkYdBJCq
Scientists from @livuniiib @N8agrifood are part of a new multidisciplinary project aiming to create a more sustainable future for organic vegetable breeding & farming #foodsecurity #climatechange #broccoli #tomato #peas @BRESOV_EU https://t.co/UBOFgC9jny