TRiSS Bite Size Talks & Pizza - Love and the Heart

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Trinity College Dublin

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TRiSS Bite Size Talks and Pizza is back!

Join us on your lunch break and hear three short snapshots of the diverse research going on here in the social sciences in TCD and enjoy a pizza lunch.

Speakers include: Dr Alice Jorgensen Assistant Professor with the School of English, Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning on 'Love before romance.' Her primary area of teaching and research is Old English literature, both poetry and prose. Her current research focuses on emotions in Old English and she has published on shame, especially in the works of Ælfric, and on emotional performance and emotion discourse in various texts, as well as being lead editor of the 2015 Ashgate volume Anglo-Saxon Emotions: Reading the Heart in Old English Language, Literature and Culture. Earlier research concentrated on the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and on representations of violence.

Dr. Sarah Louise Curtiss' research looks at comprehensive sexuality education, romantic relationships, and autism. Autistic individuals are both stigmatized for sexual expression and denied access to sexuality education. This creates a cyclical barrier to healthy relationships. She has developed a website, asdsexed.org, to disseminate sex education resources to parents and practitioners. Dr. Curtiss received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow visiting the School of Psychiatry as part of the Daughters of Charity: Technology and Research into Disability international research network.


Matteo Solazzo is working on his PhD at the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering in Prof. Michael Monaghan group. His work is focused on the development of 3D microporous electroconductive biomaterial scaffolds as matrices for cardiac tissue engineering.

Heart attacks lead to the death of functional cardiomyocytes in heart muscle which cannot be replaced. Every sixth man and seventh woman will die from a heart attack or related complications, and there is no way to regenerate this cardiac tissue. Although advances in stem cells understanding, the oncogenic risk due to their pluripotency and lack of functional differentiation is a great limitation to their applications. Cardiomyocytes in vivo are exposed to a unique environment, dynamic mechanical forces via the beating of the heart and electrical action potentials being generated by the heart’s electrical conduction system. Matteo’s work aims to recapitulate a cardioinductive platform based on mechanical, electrical and ECM cues to generate an efficient culture system to culture cardiomyocytes in vitro and also to increase efficiencies of generating functional cardiomyocytes from progenitor cells. These advances will not only improve quality of life for the patient but provide tools to study disease and perform pharmaceutical research.


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