Engagement Project

We are delighted to announce that Wellcome have awarded us funding to expand our public engagement around the CANDO project. Our grant is split into three components to explore and engage with patients and the public about epilepsy and optogenetics amongst others.


We will be collaborating with renowned international artists Susan Aldworth and Andrew Carnie for concurrent exhibitions which will run at the start of 2020 at the Hatton Gallery and Vane Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne. In the build up to the exhibitions, we will develop workshops and events to help shape the exhibitions that will be taken out into communities. Susan recently collaborated with CANDO investigator Dr Fiona Le Beau on a project exploring schizophrenia entitled 'Reassembling the Self'.



We will be working with North East based theatre company Operating Theatre to develop a piece of drama and workshops linking in with the project.  Operating Theatre specialise in health based drama that aim to transform the way people think about health and wellbeing. 

Virtual Reality

In keeping with the cutting technology utilised within CANDO, we are teaming up with software developers Anima Ignis to demonstrate the effects of a cortical implant for optogenetic neural control on the brain in Virtual Reality. This software, which will be free to download will provide people with an immersive opportunity to explore the brain, the effect of epilepsy on the brain and the CANDO therapy. Below is an early demo of the software.


Prints by Susan Aldworth and Andrew Carnie done in 2014 for an Optogenetics project.