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The Science Museum of the University of Navarra organizes the series "October with Cajal" to disseminate the figure of the Spanish Nobel Prize winner.

The scientific institution has organized in October a series of sessions for all audiences, on the occasion of the 170th anniversary of the birth of Santiago Ramón y Cajal.

27 | 09 | 2022

The Science Museum of the University of Navarra has organized - at partnership with the City Council of Pamplona and the Planetarium -a series of sessions to disseminate the figure of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, in the year that marks the 170th anniversary of his birth in Petilla de Aragón (Navarra). The series, degree scroll "October with Cajal", will start on October 4 and will include an informative analysis of the figure of the Spanish scientist, as well as the current challenges of the brain research .

The cycle will begin on October 4 with the session "Ramón y Cajal: the scientist and his time", where José Ramón Alonso (Full Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Salamanca and author of the book "Cajal. A cry for science") will show the history of the wise man, one of the most important and influential scientists of the 20th century. In addition, on the same day, Cristina Nombela (researcher at the Autonomous University of Madrid) will present the forgotten women of Cajal's school.

On Thursday 13 it will be the turn of the astrophysicist Fernando Jáuregui and Javier Armentia, director of the Pamplona Planetarium, who will give the session "The sky of Cajal" where they will recall the solar eclipse of 1860 that marked Cajal when he was a child. In this session, which will be held at the conference room Tornamira of the Planetarium, we will see how the great Structures of the Universe show a similar distribution to the neurons in our brain.

On Tuesday 18 it will be the turn of Marisol Aymerich and Alberto Pérez Mediavilla (researchers at Cima University of Navarra) and Maite Mendioroz (researcher and director of Navarrabiomed) to talk about "The brain and its diseases: research in neurosciences" where they will address the theory developed by Cajal, the basis for modern research on brain diseases such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease.   

On Tuesday 25th, Javier Bernácer (researcher of group Mente y Cerebro of the University of Navarra) and Carmen Cavada (director of the Chair UAM-Fundación Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno en Neurociencias) will discuss the complex relationship between "Mind and Brain".

The series will end on October 26 with the screening of the film "My Love Story with the Brain" which tells the story of Professor Marian Diamond, one of the founders of modern neuroscience. This production received the award for best documentary in the first edition of #LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival, and will continue with a colloquium moderated by University of Navarra researcher Ujué Moreno.

All sessions will be held at Civivox Iturrama (C/Esquíroz, 24) at 7 p.m., except for the 13th, which will take place at the Pamplona Planetarium (C/ Sancho Ramírez, s/n). The entrance is free, and for those sessions that are held in the Civivox a previous registration is required at, by calling 010, or in person at any center of the network Civivox.