The University’s Professor Tom Solomon provides his neurology expertise for a new TV programme on Channel 4.
‘24 Hours Inside Your Body’ aims to give viewers new insight into how a busy body works, as well as how modern living affects our overall health.
The programme sees two ordinary people take part in an experiment as they are filmed for 24 hours and given a unique medical MOT. Using video footage and data taken from a supersized full-body ‘fitbit’ three leading scientists track the volunteers’ brain activity, heart rate, movement, posture and glucose levels throughout the day.
Professor Solomon monitors and analyses brain activity, using data from electrodes that measure brain waves. He’s joined by physiologist Dr Jason Gill, who monitors the body and psychiatrist Dr Lia Ali who provides context to the brain and body data by analysing how it affects emotional well-being.
Professor Solomon said: “It was interesting, and fun making the programme. Initially I was a bit skeptical about what we would learn from the exercise. But when you see somebody’s complete day, you get a much better understanding of all the things that are going on in their lives, and you realise how little you really know from just seeing a patient for half an hour in clinic.”
Filming took place earlier this year at the University’s Human Anatomy Resource Centre, a dedicated facility for the teaching of human anatomy.
‘24 Hours Inside Your Body’ is available to watch online here: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/24-hours-inside-your-body