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Dr Alan Gow from the School of Social Sciences is involved in a myriad of activities engaging the public in his research on  how lifestyle factors affect the ageing brain.

In August 2015, Alan performed “The Great British Brain Off” at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of Edinburgh Beltane's Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, a show exploring the factors that might protect or harm the ageing brain. The audience are encouraged to share their ideas about the key lifestyle ingredients which forms the basis for discussions about how we might best protect our thinking skills as we age.

The show was promoted with a short trailer (below) produced by the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology and received 4 stars from the Edinburgh Spotlight!

Brain Off has since appeared in the Talk Science @ Irvine Bay programme, hosted by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and was selected for the 2016 British Science Festival.

During promotion for the original Fringe performance, Alan was invited to contribute to the first episode of a new BBC Radio 4 series "How to have a better brain", presented by Sian Williamss, with Alan exploring How walking can help ward off dementia

Alan also performed at the Cabaret of Dangeous Ideas 2014, with the show 'Brain Training on Trial', and in 2017 will take to the stage again, exploring 'What Keeps You Sharp?'.