December 2013’s Alchemist Café

Could Flossing Save Your Life?Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death, accounting for 33% of all deaths in Ireland. It is estimated that 4 out of 5 of us have got some degree of gum disease. The mouth is home to about 700 different species of bacteria. If you have bleeding gums, it suggests that you may have open blood vessels in your mouth. When bacteria get into the bloodstream they encounter tiny blood cells called platelets (involved in blood clotting). By sticking to the platelets, bacteria can cause them to clot inside blood vessels, partially blocking them. This can prevent the blood flow back to the heart and we run the risk of suffering a heart attack. Teeth Alchemist Cafe Dec 2013

Dr. Steven Kerrigan is a researcher investigating this connection at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI). He has been interested in this area for over a decade, completing his PhD on the bacteria-platelet relationship back in 2001. His team has developed a device that mimics conditions inside blood vessels to investigate how the bacteria encounter and stick to platelets. They have also managed to identify a drug target to regulate this relationship. Steve will introduce this fascinating topic to us at The Alchemist Café, Dublin and an interactive audience discussion will follow.

Date: Tuesday 3rd December 2013
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Time: 7:30 pm
Admission: Free – All Welcome!

This event is in association with Discover Science & Engineering and CPL


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