Join us for an informal evening of "Talks with Docs!"
Café Scientifique is a series of informal discussions connecting research to important health-related issues of interest to the community. Enjoy light snacks and refreshments while engaging with cutting-edge, award-winning researchers from Simon Fraser University's (SFU) Faculty of Science.
Events are held monthly from September through April 2014 (no Café in December or January).
Fall events were held at the new Surrey City Centre Public Library, 10350 University Dr., Surrey 7:00 - 8:30pm. Main floor.
Spring events are held at the CBC Studio, 700 Hamilton St., Vancouver 7:00-8:30pm.
These events are free to the public and are supported by the SFU Faculty of Science.
Attendees must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
700 Hamilton St. (@ Georgia) Vancouver
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Third Wednesday of the month
September 18, 2013
The surprisingly spry powerhouse: Mitochondrial dynamics in health and disease
Dr. Gordon Rintoul, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, SFU, CIHR New Investigator will describe his work investigating shape and motility changes in mitochondria (the microscopic "powerhouses" of cells) in healthy neurons (brain cells) and in age-related brain diseases such as Parkinson's disease.
October 16, 2013
Strategies bacteria use to hijack cells and cause disease
Dr. Julian Guttman, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, SFU, CIHR New Investigator will discuss how pathogenic bacteria such as E.coli create serious global health concerns. These microorganisms cause disease through their interaction and their subsequent control of host cells' normal cellular functions. Dr. Guttman will explain the conditions that underlie this transformation from bacterial infection to disease.
Click here to read the Peak article on this event.
November 20, 2013
Super Seniors and the genetics of healthy aging
Dr. Angela Brooks-Wilson, an Associate Professor in SFU's Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology department and a Distinguished Scientist at the BC Cancer Agency, shares some of her insights from her Healthy Aging Study. The study involves over 500 "Super Seniors" aged 85 - 105, who have never been diagnosed with cancer, cardiovascular disease, major pulmonary disease, Alzheimer disease or diabetes. This research study is looking at genetic features that correlate with long-term good health in these exceptional individuals.
February 19, 2014 - CBC, Vancouver
What are stem cells and how might they change the future of medicine?
Dr. Esther Verheyn of SFU's department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry will explain what stem cells are and why they are so significant in the repair and development of cellular growth. Find out what kinds of medical conditions have the potential to be treated using stem cells.
March 26, 2014 - CBC, Vancouver
Immunizing against physical inactivity: How do we entice seniors to be active?
Despite the massive health benefits ascribed to physical activity, the vast majority of older Canadians do not meet national physical activity recommendations. This Cafe will explore ways to entice older adults to start and continue daily physical activity. Dr. Dawn Mackey is an Asst. Professor in SFU's department of Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology.
April 16 - CBC, Vancouver
The increasing burden of chronic diseases
Many people will have more than one chronic disease before they die and many people will live 10 to 20 years or more with a chronic disease. Dr. Scott Lear, Assoc. Professor in the department of Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology and the faculty of Health Sciences at SFU will discuss how we will manage on a societal and individual basis, and what kinds of preventative measures can be taken now.