From Molecules to Surgery in Space – Semmelweis Health Days 4.

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Date: 2019.12.06.

The 6th Semmewleis Health Day is up with plenty of exciting topics to discover from the communication of neurons within the brain through E molecules and the secrets of the kidneys to a crime scene’s backstage. 


An organized chaos: fist-fight of neurons in the brain

  • Time: 5 pm
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • From ages 14 and up
  • Max. number of participants: 150
  • Location: Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, Lenhossék-lecture hall, 1094 Budapest, Tűzoltó u. 58.
  • Researchers have been long overwhelmed by the development, structure and functioning of the nervous system. Billions of neurons talk simultaneously which represents codes of orders. This paramount challenge is achieved by rigorous rules which give the floor to selected participants to talk – or to let to talk. A tenfold number of further participants are included to maintain function only. Science experienced a quantum leap in the last decades when previously inconceivable techniques allowed researchers to investigate the nervous system with efficacy and precision. Yes, you can surely drive a handful of neurons mad by switching the light on.

Crime scene investigation for roleplayers – registration required!

  • Time: 5.10 pm
  • Duration: 35-40 minutes
  • From ages 14 and up
  • Number of participants: 5-15
  • Location: Department of Forensic and Insurance Medicine, Photo lab, 1091 Budapest, Üllői út 93.
  • Interactive ppt session, where participants can follow through the investigation on the scene of a fictional death case, acting as the members of the CSI group.



To drink or not to drink? And if we do what should we drink?

  • Time: 2-5 pm
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • From ages 14 and up
  • Max. number of participants: 150
  • Location: NET building, 1098 Budapest, Nagyvárad tér 4.
  • Why do long-distance runners or those training intensively die unexpectedly? Is water a poison? How to take good care of our kidneys? Shall we or shall we not drink, and if we do, what should we drink? How much does the kidney extract, and how? When choosing our partner, why is it important to know even his/her kidneys? Are kidneys really miracle-working organs? Is it possible to observe glomerular filtration live? How many people suffer from kidney problems in Hungary? Is it possible to predict life expectancy from urine? Is studying kidneys still a worthy research project?

E Molecules that have changed the world – registration required!

  • Time: 7 pm
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • From ages 14 and up
  • Max. number of participants: 20
  • Location: Basic Medical Science Center (EOK), 1094 Budapest, Tűzoltó u. 37-47
  • Although now we take the abundant supply of medicines for granted, lots of effort of the past two centuries has led to the development of our current drug supply. Through a few drug molecules and their history, the lecture offers insight into why organic chemistry is important for pharmacists, how new molecules are designed with the help of modelling techniques, what challenges can arise when creating new molecules, how the structure of molecules can be studied, how and at what target point medicines work in the human body and how complex and creative the work is that leads to the production of new drugs. After the 30-minute-long presentation participants will have the opportunity to try and build the model of an agent of a drug available in pharmacies with the help of a building kit and following the instructions on distributed cards, thus making chemistry more concrete. Depending on the number of participants, some molecules will be drawn on the computer, which could be viewed in different graphic settings on the projector screen. Although the molecules built by the participants cannot be taken home, they will be offered free modelling software that can be installed on PCs, Android of Mac Os devices.


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