7th March, 2012. 14.40 G.M.T.
Redress research imbalance between cancer and neurological disorders,
says former CEO of medical research council
by Helen Gavaghan
LIVERPOOL, UK: Neuroscientist and former chief executive of the UK Medical Research Council (2003 - 2007), Colin Blakemore, opened his free thinking talk on the developed world's ageing society at the University of Liverpool last night with a slide of the little mermaid. He ended with a plea to politics and people to redress the marked national imbalance in spending on research into cancer and neurological diseases.
This was one of a series of science and society lectures which the University is sponsoring.
Speaking afterwards he told me current knowledge of the brain is about the level of physics and astronomy in the fifteenth and sixteenth century. Those were the days before the completed Copernican and Keplerian theortical syntheses of astronomical observations. "We just do not know how the brain works," he said.