media release

Coffee meets Science – join the talk on health

October 03, 2011

Dan Marigold, 778.782.3499;
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017;

A series of public interest talks related to key health issues – Café Scientifique – are coming to Surrey this fall, hosted by Simon Fraser University.

The free five-part series will feature discussions with leading experts in SFU’s department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology (BPK). Sessions will also include professional experts from Fraser Health, SFU Surrey’s new neighbours in Central City.

The idea is to provide a forum for researchers and the community to share in informal discussions on health topics of shared interest.

The series launches on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7:30–9 p.m. at the Central City Brew Pub, with a discussion titled Are You at Risk? Ethnic and Environmental Determinants of Heart Disease, featuring Scott Lear, associate BPK professor and the Pfizer/Heart and Stroke Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Prevention Research. The session will also be attended by Fraser Health’s Dr. Arun Garg, program medical director for laboratory medicine and pathology, who last year chaired a major heart health conference co-hosted by SFU and Fraser Health.

Then on Wednesday Nov. 9 (7:30–9 p.m.) Diane Finegood, BPK professor and executive director of the CAPTURE project, aimed at chronic disease prevention, will hold a discussion on the topic Big Food Companies: Friend or Foe in the Fight Against Obesity?

Both will speak for about 15 minutes followed by 45 minutes of discussion with the audience. Small group discussions will also be encouraged.

“Community engagement is big at SFU and part of our role as faculty is to translate our knowledge and expertise among the greater community,” says Dan Marigold, an assistant BPK professor and series organizer. “The nature and calibre of our department’s research focus, largely health-related, puts us in an excellent position to host this series.”

Marigold says the goal of an interactive approach is to stimulate engagement. “It’s also a way in which we can explain to the community what we do and allow the community to play a more active role in shaping future research questions addressed by our faculty.”

Three more cafes are planned for early next year, targeting such issues as falls and mobility in older adults, the effects of salt and blood pressure on diabetic kidneys, and the genetics of sudden cardiac death.

The series is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and SFU’s Department of Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology and the Faculty of Science.

  • Central City Brew Pub is located at 13450-102nd Avenue in Surrey. Admission is free and appetizers will be provided.
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