Welcome to Eastbourne Sceptics in the Pub.

At Sceptics in the Pub local and national experts in their field present and then discuss a topic in a friendly and relaxed environment...a pub!

The common theme for all the talks is scepticism (or skepticism if you prefer), which in broad terms means bringing a scientific, evidence based approach to examine common beliefs and misconceptions. You can find out more about skeptics here.


We charge £3.00 for tickets to cover running costs and speakers travel expenses. Tickets go on sale online (with an additional booking fee) a few weeks before the next event  or may be purchased at the door on the night.

We hope you will come and have a drink with us.


For the duration of the BBC series "Bang goes the Theory", Sceptics events will be listed on the BBC activities website. See the relevant link for each individual talk.

Dr Neil Harrison

Thursday, October 23 2014 at 8:00PM

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Dr Neil Harrison

What's the talk about?

Work in the laboratory focuses on understanding how infection or inflammation in the body interacts with the brain to produce changes in emotion, cognition, behaviour and social functioning known as 'sickness behaviours'. Perhaps, even without realising it, we are all familiar with sickness behaviours as these are the symptoms of fatigue, lowering of mood, apathy and difficulty remembering or concentrating that we all experience when we develop the flu or any other infection.

Fortunately, for most of us these symptoms are usually short lived and relatively mild. However, when the immune system is activated for long periods, such as in people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, they can become extremely debilitating or even life-threatening. In addition to their role in these classical inflammatory diseases, immune influences on the brain are increasingly implicated in the cause of common mental illnesses like depression, chronic fatigue and Alzheimer disease.

Our research is motivated by a desire to identify the neural basis of sickness behaviours. Understanding how the immune system interacts with the brain is a crucial first step that will form the foundations for future development of novel therapies targeting these common and disabling symptoms.