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Oxford Open Doors was held on the 12th - 13th September and is the country's largest heritage open day event.

Oxford open doors

Now in its eighth year, the weekend offers the local community and the visiting public the opportunity to explore the city free of charge.  The theme this year was ‘Books, Libraries and Printing’. Once again the Oxford Neuroscience community came up with a number of interesting and informative events; this year centred around de Motu Cordis (William Harvey 1628) and Cerebri Anatome (Thomas Willis 1664). Together these works provided a major advance in our understanding of the circulation of blood to and around the cerebral vasculature. 

The Cognitive Neuropsychology Centre in Experimental  Psychology presented a range of interactive activities on diagnostic assessments for dementia and stroke, improving rehabilitation techniques for stroke survivors and generally how to keep mentally fit.  Meanwhile the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre organised a series of demonstrations, at two of the University of Oxford’s research facilities based at the John Radcliffe hospital. The event showcased some of the latest research and treatment for conditions including subarachnoid haemorrhage, stroke and heart attack through non-invasive technologies including echo sonography and transcranial ultrasound. They also had a tour of the Acute Vascular Imaging Centre. Opened in 2012, the £13m centre is improving treatment of heart attack and stroke through the latest technology in imaging and diagnostics.