News & Events

Public Engagement Award

CANDO have been awarded funding by Wellcome to expand their public engagement.  We will be working with internationally renowned artists Susan Aldworth and Andrew Carnie to develop workshops, virtual reality technology and mobile pop up events to showcase the science behind CANDO as well as the human impact of epilepsy.  We will also be working with North East theatre company Operating Theatre to develop the ideas through drama. Taking place over the next three years, it will culminate in art exhibitions at Hatton Gallery and Vane Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2020.

BioCAS 2017

Some of our engineers were at BioCAS 2017 in sunny Turin, catching up on the latest research and development activities at the frontiers of medicine, life sciences and engineering. The team were also showcasing CANDO to the other conference attendees.

Next Generation Neural Interfaces: Research on Emerging Technologies at Imperial College London

Our collaborators within the Next Generation Neural Interfaces team at Imperial College wrote about their ongoing research, including CANDO, in a new online publication called Brainsight. Brainsight is produced by the IEEE brain initiative, providing a space to share technical information and forward-looking commentary on brain-related research and technologies. The article can be found online here.

The Big Bang Fair North East

In July CANDO had a stand at the Big Bang Fair North East at Northumbria University Sports Central. Young medics were invited to try their neurosurgical skills on a selection of jelly brains. Many rose to the challenge although sadly not all of the brains survived the surgery. The event was well attended with 32 different schools and around 1750 pupils. 

Fixed by Light: Flick a switch to banish pain and blindness

Professor Andy Jackson is interviewed about the CANDO project as part of a New Scientist article on optogenetics. The article can be found here (requires subscription).

New Logo for CANDO

We are pleased to announce a new logo for CANDO complete with a new strapline to help explain the project.  The logos have been creat‌ed by a new design company "not2scale design".  The logo shows a neuron lit up with an axon extending under the CANDO name. Bright electrical impulses pass down the cell, highlighting the importance of light to the project. The logos have also been adapted with a white background.


CANDO Animated

Watch the animation that CANDO have been involved in with the CRN North East and North Cumbria about public engagement in research. 

Watch the full video here or the shorter version just about CANDO here.

Epilepsy Research @ Newcastle University

Read a blog about research taking place into epilepsy at Newcastle University including CANDO on the Voice North website. Just click here.

Interview with the Naked Scientists

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Dr Andrew Jackson was interviewed by The Naked Scientists at the University of Cambridge about CANDO as part of a podcast about optogenetics.  Andy's interview appears at 43:19.

Optogenetics: Lighting up the Brain

Events in 2016

We had a number of successful events to support CANDO in 2016.  Thank you to everyone who came to support.  These included:

  • Public and Patient Engagement Event at the King's Road Centre on 24th March.
  • Supporting the 'It's OK to Ask' campaign at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
  • Dr Andrew Jackson talking at the Pint of Science event on 'Walk like a robot? The neuroscience of movement'.
  • Professor Anthony O'Neill speaking at the BioFocus Conference on June 15th on CANDO.
  • An Epilepsy Research Event at the Laing Art Gallery providing information about epilepsy and CANDO as part of Patient Month.

BBC World Service Discovery - Shedding Light on the Brain

Hear how optogenetics is used to explore how the brain works and in the development of potential new therapies. Featuring CANDO scientist Dr Andrew Jackson at 20:00.

BBC World Service Discovery - Shedding Light on the Brain

BBC Radio 4 Today Interview PDF 2,877Kb

Dr Andrew Jackson talking about CANDO on Today BBC Radio 4. 

Young Epilepsy Champions Awards 2015

CANDO scientist, Dr Andrew Trevelyan, nominated for the Young Epilepsy Champions Awards 2015 in the Discovery category.

Young Epilepsy Champions Awards 2015.