SFU Café Scientifique

Join us for an informal evening of "Talks with Docs!"

Café Scientifique is a series of informal discussions connecting research to important 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.

All events are held at Boston Pizza (private room) 1045 Columbia St., New Westminster
(2 blks from the New West Skytrain station)

Doors open at 6:30pm, discussion and talk will run from 7:00-8:30pm.

Refreshments are available for purchase. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Reserve your free seat by emailing: cafe_scientifique@sfu.ca
**Note that there is no accent above the "e" in this address.


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In our series, speakers will discuss their health or popular-science related topic, without the use of audio visual materials or handouts, for approximately 30 minutes.  A discussion with the audience will ensue for about 45 minutes while participants enjoy appetizers and beverages.  


September 29, 2017 - SOLD OUT

What is mental illness?

This event is now at capacity. Please email cafe_scientifique@sfu.ca if you would like to be added to the waitlist.

Conditions such as autism, depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are usually considered as purely-detrimental mental 'illnesses', comparable to other sorts of medical disorder.  Are they? What are their causes? How are they related to one another, and to 'normality'? Recent advances in genetics, neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology are re-casting psychiatric conditions in new light, and guiding new ways to study and treat them.  Our goal will be to better understand the nature of mental illnesses, their causes, and their consequences for individuals, families, and communities.

Dr. Bernard Crespi joined the Department of Biological Sciences in 1992.  He received his PhD from the University of Michigan, and conducted postdoctoral work at Oxford and Cornell Universities. Dr. Crespi is one of the founders of the field of evolutionary approaches to medicine, especially as applied to psychology and psychiatry. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

October 27, 2017

Statistical Data Science

Data science is a scientific field that includes computer science, mathematics, and statistics. What is the role of statistics in this emerging discipline? In this Café Scientifique, we will explore the relationship between statistics and data science by introducing some basic statistical methods used in data science. 
Dr. Wang joined the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University in 2013. She received her Ph.D. in Statistics at the University of British Columbia in 2012.  Her research focuses on computational statistics for applications raised in genetics, biology, public health, and environmetrics.



November 17, 2017

Individual vs. population

Focus on individuals for the future — How single-cell studies revolutionize the future of medicine and society

Medicine in the near future promises to focus on personalization and prevention. Bioanalysis may help rewrite current biology textbooks. This discussion will focus on the hype, hope and reality, and impact of future medicine on individuals. Similar to personalized medicine, single-cell studies have been the forefront of bioanalysis, and can provide unprecedented information on the complexity of living organisms and disease initiation. Systematic studies of single-cells, such as single-cell genomics and proteomics, will help revolutionize our fundamental understanding of biology and medicine, and prompt a rethink of life, longevity, and the structure of society.

Dr. Bingyun Sun, is an associate professor at Simon Fraser University, and a member of Canadian Stem Cell Network, Canadian Glycomics Network, and Canadian National Proteomics Network. Her research centres on single-cell proteomics.