Pint of Science Brings Research to the Pub

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19 May 2014

A stroke survivor and her daughter will tell their story of what happens when a carer becomes the cared for over pints of beer at a three-day science festival in Manchester.

Stroke survivor Christine Halford and her daughter Natalie

The Pint of Science Festival takes place at a number of Manchester pubs, bringing experts from The University of Manchester together with members of the public.

Four city pubs will host academics from The University of Manchester during the nationwide three day event, which spans 44 venues across eight UK cities.

The festival is an opportunity to hear about current research, discuss a range of topics over a drink, and take part in science-based pub quizzes and games.

Each pub will host a different scientific theme. In ‘Understanding Stroke’, part of the Stoke Association’s Action on Stroke Month, Professor Stuart Allan provides a window into the brain of stroke survivors.

Professor Allan will introduce the workings of the brain, how strokes occur and what makes them so destructive, including how targeting inflammation could offer a brighter future for survivors.

Professor Allan said: “We know that brain damage occurs within minutes of a stroke and that the quicker we can intervene to stop the processes that contribute to the death of brain cells the better.  With the advancements in stroke research in the last 20 years we know much more about these damaging events and that there can be brain repair post-stroke, meaning stroke patients now have a better chance of survival and recovery.”

The highlight of the event will be provided by stroke survivor and nurse Christine Halford and her daughter Natalie, who will offer moving first-hand accounts of their experiences of stroke.

Natalie said: “It’s imperative to raise awareness of stroke because nobody thinks it's going to happen to them, until it does and your life is turned upside down. Stroke can happen to anybody of any age, at anytime and anywhere, which is why research is necessary as we still don't have all the answers. The pub is a great setting as we can reach out to people who ordinarily would know nothing about stroke."

For more details on the Pint of Science events please visit Manchester Pint of Science website.

Action on Stroke Month 2014 is supported by Legal & General. To find out more, please visit

Notes for editors

Natalie and Christine Halford are available for interviews - please contact Natalie on 07948 834663.

Pint of Science was started in 2012 by a community of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. The festival now collaborates with 14 leading UK universities and institutions and is organised by postgraduate students.

Pint of Science has recently gone international, with Pints of Science now being served up in France, the USA, Switzerland, Austria and the Republic of Ireland.

Tickets are £2 + booking fee.  More details on the events and tickets can be found on the Manchester Pint of Science website.Tweet using @pintofscience and the hashtag #pint2014.

For media enquiries contact Kath Paddison, University of Manchester Press Office +44(0)161 275 2111 or

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