Colour and cancer; scorpions and surgery

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 17 November

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

This event has already taken place

  • A scorpion under UV light

    Credit: Matt Reinbold


Standard £12

Concession £8

Associate £6

Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows

Event description

Is it possible to light up a cancer cell in the brain? Could scorpion venom be the answer? 

Dr Jim Olson, Paediatric Haematology Oncology Specialist at Seattle Children's Hospital and a member of the Clinical Research Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is developing a radical new technique in the field of fluorescent image-guided surgery, Tumor Paint, that has the potential to transform the way tumors are removed from the brain - by using a special paint the make the cancerous areas glow. 

Dr Henry Marsh is a leading British neurosurgeon whose pioneering work in brain tumour surgery has been the subject of major award-winning BBC documentaries. His extraordinary memoir, Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery, is an international best-seller, nominated for eight major UK literary prizes and the Sky Arts South Bank Show 2015 Award recipient for Literature and PEN Ackerley Prize. He was made a CBE in 2010.

This a rare opportunity to hear and question two of the world's most eminent doctors working in the field of neuroscience.

This event is presented in association with Artichoke

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