News & Events

Changes to the Project Team

There are a number of changes taking place within the CANDO team.  Firstly, we are delighted to welcome Dr Darren Walsh to the team. Darren will be joining our WP2 team. Secondly, Dr Enrique Escobedo-Cousin has had a slight change in his role. Enrique's new role will involve working more closely with the regulatory team to ensure work is properly documented for the regulatory file.  Lastly, it is with sadness that we will be saying farewell to Dr Boubker Zaaimi at the end of August, who is leaving Newcastle to take up a new position at Aston University.

New Eventbrite Page

Details of upcoming CANDO events and details about how to attend can now be found on the CANDO Eventbrite page.  This can be found at

Operating Theatre present Making for the Light for Epilepsy Week

As part of Epilepsy Week in May, Operating Theatre presented a number of adapted readings of Making for the Light at churches in and around Newcastle upon Tyne. These readings were followed by discussions between the audience and a panel made up of members of the project and clinicians. The discussions raised a number of interesting and important issues about public understanding of epilepsy as well as opinions on new technologies.

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.

Talk and Workshop at Explore Lifelong Learning

As part of British Science Week and Brain Awareness Week, CANDO joined up with Explore Lifelong Learning to offer a talk and print workshop about brain-machine interfaces and optogenetics.  The talk, which was given by Prof Andy Jackson, stimulated a lot of questions from the audience and ideas.  Discussions were continued with a workshop, producing cyanotype prints. The printing workshop was led by Nick Christie from Incubate Printmaking. Cyanotype is a light based printing process that produces a cyan-blue print.  Check out the Photographs section of the website to see some of the final prints.

Optogen 2018

Patrick Degenaar spoke at the 5th International Workshop on Technologies for Optogenetics and Neurophotonics. The workshop, being held for the first time at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, brought together scientists and technologists to discuss recent progress and future challenges in technologies for in vivo optogenetics and optical neural interfaces. Patrick's talk was entitled 'Developing clinical grade optogenetics to treat epilepsy'.

Making for the Light performance

A new one act play entitled Making for the Light was premiered by Operating Theatre at Live Theatre on 22nd November.  The audience was introduced to Ella who has a passion for art and has had to learn to live with epilepsy. The play tracks her life to the point where she is offered a new treatment that could potentially stop the seizures. Audience comments after the show included "an intimate and credible piece of some with epilepsy" as well "an inspired and absorbing two-hander". After the performance there was a interesting panel discussion which included comments and feedback from the audience.

Feedback from the performance is being used to develop the play further.

BioCAS 2018

Members of our team were at the 2018 Biomedical Circuits and Systems conference in Cleveland presenting a poster about the CANDO project. Dorian Haci also gave a presentation on his recently accepted grounding paper.

CANDO Poster Presentation at Neuroscience 2018

If you were lucky enough to be attending Neuroscience 2018, San Diego, then we hoped you checked out our poster presentation. 

Poster: 040.08 / F19 - Controlling abnormal network dynamics with optogenetics targeting excitatory cells

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.

Promotion for project engineer

Congratulations to Enrique Escobedo-Cousin who is now a Senior Research Associate on the project. Enrique will now lead on system integration, working closely with the Regulatory team.