Nerd Nite Hong Kong: Edition #6
Event: Nerd Nite Hong Kong: Edition #6
Date: 25th September 2017
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Mezcalito; 27/F, 18 On Lan St, Central.
Entry Fee: Free! Thanks to the support provided by the venue! You just got to buy your own drinks!
Speaker 1: Dr. Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal
Topic: How Turkish opium put the Brits out of business in China.
Quick Nerdisms: When public pressure forced Britain to quit the opium trade, Chinese addicts and their suppliers turned to “Turkish delight”. The talk will give insights into the little known trade in Turkish opium and the complex pathways and motley smugglers that brought it from the Mediterranean coast to the China Seas.
Nerd Cred: Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal is a newly arrived Research Assistant Professor at the history department at Baptist University, fresh off the boat from Turkey where he carried out a three year post-doc project at the British Institute At Ankara on smuggling in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Speaker 2: Ms. Sharne McMillan
Topic: Otter! The “water ghost” of Hong Kong
Quick Nerdisms: There are native otters in Hong Kong! They’re rare, nocturnal and very shy of humans, so most Hong Konger’s aren’t aware of their presence. I will talk about the research that is currently being undertaken to learn more about these amazing animals.
Nerd Cred: Sharne McMillan has more than 15 years working experience in the ecological field including consultancy and research. This has involved survey and assessment of a range of flora and fauna species in Australia, the UK and Hong Kong. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Hong Kong studying the ecology and conservation of Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra) in Hong Kong. Sharne is also a member of the IUCN Otter Specialist Group.
Speaker 3: Mr. Jose Perucho
Topic: The role of imaging in personalized cancer medicine
Quick Nerdisms: Even after decades of cancer research and the development of more effective therapies that do less collateral damage, cancer is the second leading cause of death globally. This talk will explore the emerging field of personalized medicine: how therapy should be tailor made for each patient, and the role diagnostic imaging plays in managing cancer patients.
Nerd Cred: Jose Perucho is a doctoral candidate studying Medical Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Hong Kong. His research interest is in the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in gynaecological oncology (cancers of the female reproductive system). His published research makes use of image post-processing algorithms and machine learning to improving diagnosis and developing biomarkers to predict patients’ response to treatment.
Jose has a background in Biomedical Engineering with a special interest in medical instrumentation, devices, and signal processing. He previously worked on brain-computer interface and sports wearable devices before moving to diagnostic imaging.