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Learn the results of latest research

Breeders are invited to a fascinating lecture at The Royal Institution in London which will focus on the influence pets have on child and adult health. Health psychologist and research fellow, Dr June McNicholas from the University of Warwick will talk about her latest research on pets and their effects on the immune system, their influence on bacteria in the home and on the link with human emotions.

Also discussed will be the benefits of pets for sick children and for the blind and deaf. And, Bradley Viner, a vet, will talk about other pet owning issues including zoonotic conditions that can be passed from animals to humans.

About half of all UK households own pets and the greatest concentration of pet ownership is amongst families with school age children. So why do children and pets seem to go together? What are the pros and cons? This lecture will tell you more and also offer you a chance to question the experts in the popular question and answer session at the end.

The lecture will be held in the famous Faraday Lecture theatre at The Royal Institution on Wednesday 22 October at 7.30pm. To book tickets, telephone the booking line on 020 7670 2985 with your credit card details ready (MasterCard and Visa only). Tickets cost £8.00 (£5.00 for Ri Members and concessions.)

The lecture is part of the popular and illuminating Royal Institution medical lecture series, Science Today, Health Tomorrow.

The speakers are Dr June McNicholas and Bradley Viner. The chair of the meeting is Sandra Stone, President of CHATA (Children in Hospital and Animal Therapy Association).

These Royal Institution lectures are sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals as part of its ongoing commitment to science communication in the UK. They are supported by the Royal College of Physicians and The Daily Telegraph. At each lecture relevant patient groups attend with hand-out information.