Join us for Cafe Scientifique this November as we welcome Professor Kevin Moffat, from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick.

Professor Moffat will be asking why we get drunk? How we get drunk? And what getting “drunk” really means? He will be exploring what is happening at the molecular level – how ethanol works and how might we study this. Does it really kill brain cells? How does it slow our responses down?

Professor Moffat will explain how we use the fruitfly, Drosophila, to gain insight into the biology of ethanol sensitivity, its mechanism of intoxification and the process of addiction. Since the 1960s the fly has been at the forefront of “behavioural genetics”.

We can make mutants that get drunk very quickly, those that never seem to leave the “footplate”, males that will to readily pick a fight over a female, and females that behave like males. When we find a mutant, we can find the gene and sometimes discover the nature of its normal action. Amazingly one of the genes we have discovered is itself effected by its developing environment – the mechanism of this we are only just at the beginning of determining.

Café Scientifique takes place at Pure Bar. Located downstairs, the room has seating for 50 and capacity for up to 70 people. Food and drink can be ordered from the dedicated bar. The room can only be accessed from the main bar stairs.

Room opens at 6pm for 7pm start and the event finishes at 9pm.

This event is FREE.

The event is supported by Pure Bar.