Past public engagement and involvement events



  • In 2018 we collaborated with the Exeter Northcott Theatre to bring to the stage a theatre production entitled ‘Beyond My Control’. Science met theatre in an interactive modelling performance about epilepsy, excitability, and all things neurological. Improvised scenes, verbatim testimony and top mathematical research combine to create a unique theatrical experience that offers a glimpse of a life lived with epilepsy.
  • The MAGPIEs worked with Seed Corn Round 5 teams to embed public engagement and involvement in their project plans, and reviewed lay summaries.
  • In March 2018, CBMA researchers showcased their work at the University of Exeter Community Day, a family-friendly event.
  • In July 2018, CBMA Fellow Ben Sherlock hosted a workshop with osteoarthritis patients. The aim of this workshop was to introduce his new research project, hear the patient's stories of diagnosis and treatment, and gather feedback on how the research could be developed. Several patient attendees were keen to stay in touch and contribute further as the research progresses.



Here is a selection of events and activities our MAGPIEs and researchers got involved in during 2017:

  • The MAGPIEs worked with Seed Corn Round 4 teams to embed public engagement and involvement in their project plans, and reviewed lay summaries. As a result, some teams have held patient and public workshops to gather feedback on their research and to ensure onward funding considers the patient perspective, whilst other teams are creating animated videos to describe their research to lay audiences.
  • In October 2017, CBMA researchers showcased their work at the Sidmouth Science Festival, a yearly, family-friendly event. Activities included a demonstration on auditory and visual deceptions, looking at fruit flies through a microscope, and an activity with EEG electrodes.
  • Eder Zavala, MRC Research Fellow, hosted a workshop to build non-academic collaborations in neuroendocrine research, including with patient groups. You can read more about Eder’s workshop in his blog here.



The January 2016 newsletter summarises some of projects members of the public have contributed to, gives details of some workshops coming up in February and highlights what opportunities for public engagement and involvement are on the horizon for 2016.

January Newsletter



During the first week of July 2015 saw our first public involvement workshops. Twenty-five members of the public from as far afield as Wales, Cornwall, Sussex and the West Midlands met with John Terry (Centre Co-Director), Jo Welsman (Engaged Research Fellow) and Wessel Woldman (PhD) student in open discussions about what it is like to be diagnosed with and live with, or care for someone with dementia, epilepsy, or schizophrenia. Others contributed via phone and email.

We also discussed how the modelling work of the Centre might be used to develop new diagnostic tests. The inspiration and insights we gained from these workshops will be invaluable in helping us develop our research in ways that will be most relevant to people living with neurological conditions. 

Researchers at the Centre have recently received funding to explore and develop their research into long term neurological conditions.

Our recent research shows promise for new methods of diagnosis from routine clinical measurements such as electroencephalography (EEG) which measures the electrical activity of the brain. This may lead us to new approaches for diagnosing neurological conditions in a GP surgery or even at home.

It is essential to us that we develop our research in collaboration with people who live with these conditions and their supporters or carers. We hope that if we understand better how these conditions are experienced from the very early signs and symptoms through to a formal diagnosis (or sometimes even misdiagnosis), we will be able to shape our research in ways that are relevant to both the people experiencing these conditions as well as to clinicians and health professionals involved in their diagnosis.

This workshop was held in July for people who have either had a diagnosis, or indeed misdiagnosis, of epilepsy, memory loss/dementia or schizophrenia.

Details of the workshop will remain on this website for reference:

Epilepsy workshop: For more information, please download the epilepsy flyer.

Memory loss and dementia workshop:  For more information, please download the dementia flyer.

Schizophrenia workshop:  For more information, please download the schizophrenia flyer.