A Long and Winding Tail: How Maths is Helping Unlock the Secrets of Male Fertility- Dr Meurig Gallagher

Watson Building - Lecture Theatre A (R15 on campus map)
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research
Wednesday 29th January 2020 (19:00-20:00)
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Rachel Burgess, Outreach & Schools Liaison Officer mathsoutreach@contacts.bham.ac.uk

A Birmingham Popular Maths Lecture by Dr Meurig Gallagher.

Around 1 in 6 couples have trouble conceiving, with about half of these cases thought to be due to problems with the man’s sperm. To grasp the causes of male infertility it is essential to understand the microscopic world of sperm, how they move, and how they respond to their surrounding environment. While we all have an instinctive understanding of how swimming works on the macroscopic (human-size) scale, things on the microscale behave very differently! In this talk we will discuss how we can use maths to understand the fundamentals of swimming in the microscale world, how we can track and analyse sperm as they undertake their long journey to the egg to fertilise, and how this knowledge will allow us to better understand problems in male fertility.

The Birmingham Popular Maths Lecture series runs in the Watson Building (School of Mathematics) on the last Wednesday of each month, arriving from 6.30pm onwards for a 7pm start.

The Birmingham Popular Mathematics Lectures are open to all members of the public and the University who are interested in the study of Mathematics. They are particularly suitable for those studying Mathematics at A Level and we also welcome advanced GCSE students. Young people are welcome on their own, with parents or with a school group.

Registration is not required, though those travelling in a minibus should get in touch to confirm parking.