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A day in the life...


What do brain scientists do all day? What do their labs look like? Do they work alone or closely with others? What training do they have? What kind of people are they? And what do they do in their spare time?


The University of Manchester
The Wellcome trust


A University of Manchester team have devised a project using disposable cameras to give an insight into what brain scientists get up to on a daily basis.


1. Dr Emmanuel Pinteaux

Emmanuel is a senior scientist investigating mechanisms of brain damage.


2. Lisa McCluskey

Lisa is 24 years old and has just begun her scientific career.


3. Pete Thornton

Pete is 24 years old and in the 2nd year of his scientific career.


All three are investigating a molecule that we have in our brains - called Interleukin-1.

After a stroke or brain injury, this molecule causes lots of inflammation that further damages the brain. Pete, Lisa and Emmanuel hope that by understanding more about interleukin-1, they can prevent its brain-damaging effects.


This project is funded by a Wellcome Trust Value In People Award and The University of Manchester. It appears here as part of a collaboration with The Your amazing brain website.


What is the ‘day in the life’ project?

Science communicator Dr Erinma Ochu [email], neuroscientist Dr Stuart Allan and experimental psychologist, Dr Ellen Poliakoff hoped to capture the ordinary, extraordinary and unfamiliar lives of scientists to give people a better idea of what goes on in neuroscience research laboratories.


The team aim to stimulate dialogue between scientists and the public about the nature of scientists' work whilst challenging perceptions along the way. The images from this project will be used in future photographic exhibitions.


To find out more visit the Manchester science website