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This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in getting involved in health research.

It's different from the usual requests I send out from universities as it's not for a specific project.

VOICE, which has been running for years in Newcastle, working with U3As in the North East, has now come to London in partnership with Imperial College. To take part, first register with VOICE@Imperial www.voice-global.org/ and you'll get a weekly email about events in London and online.

Most of their work is based at the Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC) at St.Mary's, Paddington.

You can take part in any that interest you and ignore those that don't.

Have a look at the attachment for more details. There are lots of other opportunities at VOICE, such as discussion groups, blogs and other opportunities to get involved.

Their website is in the process of being updated and I'd hoped to wait for the launch of the new one but it keeps getting put back so it seemed better to send the offer out now. Have a look at the site to get an idea of what's going on.

Don't forget that the U3A disclaimer still applies to anything that you may do with Imperial College.


The Great Exhibition Road Festival 2019
Join Imperial, the Natural History and Science Museums, the V&A, the Royal Albert Hall and many other friends on and around Exhibition Road for a brand new, three-day celebration of science and the arts, in the spirit of the Great Exhibition of 1851.

28 - 30 June 2019
Exhibition Road, South Kensington

The AI revolution: hype vs reality
Professor Chris Bishop, Laboratory director at Microsoft Research Cambridge, presents the annual Peter Lindsay Memorial Lecture from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

30 May 2019
17:30 - 18:30
South Kensington Campus

Table talk: A lecture celebrating the periodic table of elements
Warning: LOUD BANGS! Dr Peter Wothers visits Imperial with an explosive lecture as part of the celebrations of ChemFest 2019 and the International Year of the Periodic Table. This lecture is recommended for ages 8+.

10 Apr 2019
12:30 - 13:30
South Kensington Campus

Science and news: a marriage of convenience
Join Joe Palca in this trip to the depths of science communication and discover why science and news are a marriage of convenience.
9 Apr 2019
16:00 - 17:00
South Kensington Campus

The air microbiome: a missing eco-system?
Professor Stephan Schuster, Professor of Environmental Genomics at Nanyang Technological University visits Imperial to deliver a special lecture.
11 Apr 2019
17.15 - 18:00
Royal Brompton Campus

From the studio
Imperial's SW7 Fine art studio presents an exhibition of art in mixed media.
3 - 23 Apr 2019
09:00 - 21:00
South Kensington Campus



St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ
(Easy access: 5 minutes from Blackfriars underground station)

Contact: Chris Feldman ccris@waitrose.com

The programme will be drawn from a broad range of subjects including Art,
Current Affairs, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Science and Travel.
This year we have selected ‘Celebration of the Sea’ as a general theme.

There will be a choice of 27 different talks, 5 workshops,
and 6 guided walks around the City of London.

Attendance can be for one, two or three days and the cost is £38 per day.
Refreshments and a cold buffet lunch are included


You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide if you want to participate, it is important that you understand why the research is conducted and what it involves. Please take the time to read the information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide if you want to participate or not.

What is the purpose of the study? We are interested in how the brain recovers following brain injury (e.g. Stroke). The knowledge will help us to understand why some people make a rapid recovery after brain damage but other people make a poor recovery. This research is conducted using structural and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). It is like an X-ray machine, but it does not use X-rays at all. It uses magnets instead. MRI is painless and safe. For a structural scan you will need to lie as still as possible for about 15 minutes. A functional scan is similar but takes longer - around 45 minutes during which time we will ask you to listen to words or look at words or pictures and to perform simple tasks.

Why have I been chosen? We are particularly interested in how the brain recovers after brain damage. In order to do this, we are comparing the brain structure and activity in people who have and have not had brain damage. More than 100 other people of different ages will participate in this study, then we will be able to compare brain activity in those who have and have not made a good recovery.

Do I have to take part? It is up to you to decide whether or not you take part. If you do decide to take part you will be given this information sheet to keep and you be asked to sign a consent form. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason. A decision to withdraw at any time, or a decision not to take part, will not affect your future medical care. All information we collect will be strictly confidential. If any information is released this will be done in coded form so that confidentiality is strictly maintained.

What will happen to me if I take part? If you agree to participate you will be invited to come to our laboratory in central London when it is convenient for you. You are welcome to come with a member of your family. One of the researchers involved in the study will welcome you to the Functional Imaging Lab and will explain the procedure of the study and answer any questions you may have. You will be asked to remove any metal you are wearing or carrying, such as watches and jewellery, because the MRI scanner is very magnetic. If we are concerned that you may have any contraindication for MRI (e.g. metal in your eye), we may ask you to have an X-ray. If you have a tattoo, we will ask you to participate in a study that investigates any adverse effects of MRI, such as heating or pulling on the tattoo. During the brain scans, you will be asked to lie on a table inside the magnet for between 15 and 60 minutes while the images of the brain are made. Because the scanner makes very loud
noises, you will be asked to wear earplugs. While the images are being made, you may be asked to perform a simple task. For example, we might ask you to name pictures or read. Don’t worry – these will be very easy. There will be a chance to practice them beforehand. The brain imaging part of the experiment should last between 15 minutes and 1 hour depending on the scan type (structural or functional). Prior to or after the brain scan, we would also like to test your language and cognitive abilities so that we can see how the brain damage has affected you. These tests may take up to two hours. You will be given a number of rest breaks and will be in contact with the investigator throughout the experiment. At any point during the experiment, you can stop for any reason. You may prefer to participate in the other tests on a different day to the brain scan.

Expenses: You will receive a £10 token per hour, together with any additional expenses that you may have incurred (e.g. travel expenses). Also, if you so wish, we can provide a CD with the images of your brain.

Are there any disadvantages of participating? The procedure is completely painless and there are no known side effects. Likewise, there are no personal benefits. However, we hope that our research will ultimately be used to help others to recover after brain damage.

Confidentiality Your brain scan will be kept on a computer in our laboratory which can only be accessed by authorised personnel. If it leaves the building your name and address will be removed so that you can not be recognised from it. The data controller will be the UCLH NHS Trust and the investigator responsible for the data protection will be Professor Cathy Price.

What will happen to the results of this study? It will take more than a year to complete this study. When we have scanned many people, we hope to publish our results in high profile scientific journals. You will of course be given the full results of the study when they are finalised. No individual will be identifiable in any publication arising from this study.

Who is funding the study? The MRI scans are paid for by the Wellcome Trust, which funds our department and many others that conduct biomedical research.

Who has reviewed this study? This research project has been reviewed by the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery and the Institute of Neurology Ethics Committee.

Contact: To discuss participation: the PLORAS research team 0207 813 1538 ploras@ucl.ac.uk Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, 12, Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG

Principal Investigator and Chief Investigator – Professor Cathy Price Tel: 020 3448 4345, email: c.j.price@ucl.ac.uk

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________I am writing to invite members of Havering U3A to explore the archaeology of the River Thames.
I have recently taken over a part of the Thames Discovery Programme (TDP) at MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) focused on engaging with older people.
The Thames Discovery Programme is a community archaeology project which facilitates people to understand the archaeology of the river and to actively participate in recording and monitoring features as the river reveals and then erodes them. We can offer your members talks and artefact handling sessions, as well as opportunities to visit archaeological sites on the Thames foreshore. Additionally, from next spring, we will be collecting oral histories relating to the river.

A talk on the archaeology of the Thames Foreshore with artefact handling session could be provided on most dates with a couple of weeks notice.
Walks on the foreshore are, of course, dependant on the tides. The foreshore is uneven, muddy. If this presents a mobility problem for the members, then a walk along the Embankment overlooking the foreshore can be arranged with obviously increased distance from the archaeology being talked about.
Suitable dates for these in the new year would include 22-25 January, 20-25 February, 07-11March and 18/19 April. The oral history reminiscence sessions are still being prepared and could be set up for early to mid-March , mid-April or early-May.

We are funded by the City Bridge Trust to deliver this work, so no costs are anticipated to fall on your organisation.

If you would like to know more, please contact me via the phone number or email below.
Yours sincerely
Please reply to Dr Will Rathouse wrathouse@mola.org.uk

We need people who wear hearing aids to trial our new spatial speech test.

Often hearing aid users report difficulty hearing speech in noisy environments as well as identifying where the speech is coming from. We have developed a new way of testing this to work towards improving the performance of hearing aids in these situations. Our new test takes place at the UCL Ear Institute in Kings Cross, London, and involves identifying words in background noise as well as their location, while you wear your hearing aids. The session lasts around 1 -2 hours and your travel expenses will be reimbursed and you will be given £10 per hour as a token of our gratitude.

We are following for two groups of participants for take part in this study: 1) People who wear a hearing aid in both ears 2) People with typically normal hearing in both ears

If you would like more information, have any questions or would like to sign up to the study then please contact me at Bhavisha.parmar@ucl.ac.uk or call 07973366725.

Many thanks!

Bhavisha Parmar Senior Audiologist and PhD Student

Primary research supervisor: Dr J Bizley Secondary supervisor: Dr D Vickers This study has approval from the UCL Ethics Board (3866/001)

Groups and Group Coordination
‘The Welcome and Group Coordination Table’ has now become a regular feature at the monthly meetings at St. Michael’s Church Hall. Our thanks to all members who since October 2017, when we started having this, have come and said ‘hello’ and have really shown interest in the ideas for new groups.
Thanks also and greetings to all new members who hopefully we have also been able to welcome and assist.
The welcome table has continued to be very busy but we do try to talk and provide information to everybody. Thank you for your patience.
The new ideas list with one or two modifications is below. New groups have been formed for Freedom Pass Travellers and Sunday Lunches and your interest is such that further groups for both are very likely.
Where interest is recorded for other ideas these are not ignored but some take time and may need more people and of course leaders to be viable. Keep showing your interest and we will get there. Remember, don’t take the list as exhaustive, there are many other subjects and variations on subjects out there and we want to hear your ideas.
If you tried to join one of the original groups and have found it to be full but would be interested in a second group should it be possible, please also let us know.
Remember also that when you want to know something, all contact details are in the magazine, there are contact links on this web site, and of course come and talk to us at the monthly meeting.

Future Groups
The list below is not exhaustive, please advise your likes, dislikes and own ideas. Considerable interest is already being shown in several of the subjects and new groups should be formed as a result. Please look at the suggestions and come and talk and register your interest.
Some of the following may appear to overlap with the existing but this provides opportunities for second groups or variations on a theme.

• Architecture in general
• Churches
• Essex Churches
• London Churches
Arts & Crafts [please also contact the existing Needlework Group who may have places]
• Crochet
• Cross Stitch
• Embroidery
• Handicrafts
• Knitting and Chatting
• Mosaics
• Model Making
• Needlework
• Quilting
Discussion & Generally Putting the World to Rights [please also contact the existing Discussion Groups who may have places]
• Discussion & Pub Lunch
• Grumpy Old People
• Knitting + Chat
• World of Sport Discussion
Food and Drink
• Beer Appreciation
• Luncheon Club
• Discussion & Pub Lunch
• Sunday Lunches [two already but further being considered]
• Dinner Parties
• Exotic Dining
• Coffee Mornings
• Afternoon Teas
General Interest
• Bird Watching
• Stamp Collecting
• General Vehicle and Transport Appreciation
• Aircraft
• Buses and Coaches
• Railways
• Ships and Boats
• Military Vehicles
• Transports Museum and Show visits
Music and Dance
• Choir
• Choir for non singers
• Country Dancing
• Reed Instruments
• Ukulele
• Line Dancing
• Music for Pleasure [records-members would bring their own records or recordings for all to listen to and share]
• Out and About
• Freedom Pass Wanderers [two already but further being considered]
Practical Sciences
• Archaeology
• Industrial Archaeology
• Geology
• Mathematics
Sports and Games
• Backgammon
• Badminton
• Boules
• Bowls
• Bridge [Anybody interested in playing whist or bridge please contact Paul Davis or Group Coordinator Graham Fenegan]
• Chess
• Darts
• Golf
• Crazy Golf
• Golf Driving Range Practise
• Kite Flying
• Snooker
• Table Tennis
• Ten Pin Bowling
• World of Sport Discussion

Group Leaders and Organisers
Previously we have mentioned the intention to hold a meeting with all group leaders, the purpose being to provide an opportunity to exchange views and ideas with each other and with the committee. This hasn’t been forgotten and the intention is that this should happen as soon as a suitable venue has been identified – so watch this space!

Group Entries and Group Tidings
In the magazine, planned activities may be included under the respective group entries and reports on these activities and other events included in Group Tidings. Group leaders are always appreciative when the latter are offered for inclusion in the magazine and the inclusion of photos to illustrate events always adds to the articles.
On this web site many planned activities are shown under the EVENTS tab. Reports on group activities may be included in the respective entries under GROUPS. Examples can be seen in Digital Photography where there are photos from their monthly projects; Drawing and Painting, where there are reproductions of several members work; Gardening, where there are photos from previous visits; Jazz Appreciation which has a report and photos from the second concert held last year by Billericay and Basildon Jazz Appreciation Group which many of our members attended; and Freedom Pass Travellers, which includes a photo of the first group during one of their excursions.
Reports are also sought of events and activities that may be of interest to other publications such as the local newspapers and the U3A’s national magazine THIRD AGE MATTERS; such reports help to promote Havering U3A to the wider world.