News & Events

Milestone 6 submission

The milestone 6 report for the project was submitted to Wellcome and the EPSRC on time at the end of July 2020. Milestone 6 is the penultimate milestone of the project which the whole team has worked incredibly hard on, especially in minimising the impact of COVID-19 on the project. 

Creative Responses to Illuminating the Self

Students from the Newcastle University MA Creative Writing course have created their own literary work in response to the Illuminating the Self exhibition. You can read two of these works by clicking here.

Illuminating the Self photographs

Photographs of the Illuminating the Self exhibition by local photographer Colin Davison, are available to view on Flickr at the following link:  The photographs include images from the exhibitions at both Hatton Gallery and Vane.

Cancelled Upcoming Engagement Events

In light of recent government announcements regarding COVID-19 and advice that members of the public should avoid going to public places, all public engagement activities have been suspended for the foreseeable future. This includes the Illuminating the Self exhibition at the Hatton Gallery.

Illuminating the Self - Media Reviews

"It's such an interesting exhibition about a super important and fascinating topic, and to see if spread across two galleries is unlike anything we've really seen - I can't recommend it enough!" Listen to the Hey Art, What's Good? Podcast episode on Illuminating the Self here

"Science and art are successfully combined here. Not only have they brought epilepsy and the CANDO project to a different and wider audience, but they have also found a way to communicate whilst retaining artistic integrity.You can also check out a review of the exhibition in Darkus magazine here.

The Algorhythms of Epilepsy on BBC Radio 4

Artist Susan Aldworth documented the development of her installation Out of the Blue for BBC Radio 4. The programme, part of the Art of Now series, was broadcast on Tuesday 21 January. If you missed it, then you can it is available to listen online at and on the BBC sounds app.

Illuminating the Self on Facebook

We now have a Facebook page to help promote our public engagement work.  Search for 'The CANDO Project - Illuminating the Self' or @IlluminatingTheSelf to find our page.  The page will have details of upcoming events as well as photos from past events. You can also follow the project on Twitter and on Instagram @CandoNcl.

New Engineering Paper from WP1

A new paper from the project has been published in the BioMedical Engineering Online journal. The paper titled 'A current-mode system to self-measure temperature on implantable optoelectronics' details a new system developed to help ensure that warming from implanted LEDs does not exceed the regulatory limit of + 2oC. Access to the paper can be found here.

CANDO Goes International

Members of the team have been jetting off to conferences recently.  Members of the Imperial NGNI team presented posters at BioCAS 2019 (Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference) in Nara, Japan. Dr Faye McLeod was then at SfN 2019 (Society for Neuroscience Conference) in Chicago, USA.

Royal Society report on Neural Interfaces

The Royal Society have released a report looking at neural interfaces and the role of the UK in developing this technology.  The group that produced the report contained a number of members of the CANDO project.  It was co-chaired by Dr Tim Constandinou, while Professor Andrew Jackson and Dr Andrew Sims were both members of the group. 

The report takes a future-facing look into possible applications of neural and brain-computer interfaces, exploring the potential benefits and risks of the technologies and setting out a course towards maximising the former and minimising the latter. 

The report can be found at

Brain 2.0? A Neural Enhancement Panel Discussion

Dr Patrick Degenaar took part in a panel discussion at Imperial College London on the topic of neural enhancement and its effect on society.   The discussion was live-streamed and a video can be viewed on the Imperial College YouTube channel here.

Image of neurosurgery clamp demonstrated on a jelly brain at public engagement event.

Stand showcasing the CANDO project at an event at Newcastle library.

Volunteer demonstrating an EEG headset

Information stand at public engagement event.

Member of the CANDO project demonstrating laboratory techniques at public engagement event.