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Hijacking health—bacteria’s role probed at Café

October 10, 2013

Julian Guttman, 778.782.4459;
Diane Mar-Nicolle: 778.782.9586;
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017;


Simon Fraser University’s fall Café Scientifique series continues on Wednesday, Oct. 16 with a focus on how bacteria “hijacks” cells to cause disease.

The general public is invited to participate and learn more from what the experts have to say on this and other key topics in health. Sessions are held at Surrey’s City Centre Library (main floor) from 7-8:30 p.m. The events are free.

Julian Guttman, an assistant biological sciences professor, will explain how pathogenic bacteria such as E.coli create serious global health concerns, causing disease through their interaction and subsequent control of host cells' normal cellular functions. Guttman will discuss the conditions that transform bacterial infection into disease.

And next month (on Nov. 20), Angela Brooks-Wilson, an associate professor of biomedical physiology/kinesiology and a distinguished scientist at the B.C. Cancer Agency, will share timely insights from her recent study on healthy aging.

The study focuses on more than 500 "super seniors" between the ages of 85 and 105, who have never been diagnosed with cancer, cardiovascular disease, major pulmonary disease, Alzheimer disease or diabetes. It looks at genetic features that correlate with long-term good health in these exceptional individuals.

Speakers will discuss their health or popular-science related topics for approximately 20 minutes, followed by a discussion with the audience. Reserve your free seat: café

The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), SFU’s Faculty of Science and the SFU Surrey TD Community Engagement Centre are sponsoring the series.

Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.


Simon Fraser University: Engaging Students. Engaging Research. Engaging Communities.

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