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April 13, 2016

Food For Thought: Fatty Brain – The Impact of Lipids on Neurodegenerative Disease

OTTAWA, April 13, 2016 — The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum hosts its fifth Food For Thought lecture, entitled “Fatty Brain – The Impact of Lipids on Neurodegenerative Disease” on Saturday, April 16, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the Museum’s Learning Centre (Three Sisters Hall).

Brain lipids can shape-shift at will. They have the power to take on any one of a number of forms in response to environmental change while retaining capacity to regenerate their original nature. But what happens when this capacity fails? Do we think what we eat? Is susceptibility or resistance to devastating neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, dictated, in part by our brain fat?

The lecture will be presented by Dr. Steffany Bennett, lipid biochemist and systems neurobiologist. Her team is developing and applying methodologies in super-resolution imaging, liquid chromatography electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, and bioinformatics to advance the emerging field of neurolipidomics.

This lecture series, presented in partnership with the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology, is part of the Museum’s initiative to offer interesting, engaging, and fun food literacy programming for all ages.

The next lecture, entitled “Bypassing the Baby – The Power of Stem Cells from Adult Tissues and Regenerative Medicine” will take place on May 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dr. Bill Stanford will explore the facts and myths surrounding adult stem cells in aging and regenerative medicine.

Lecture is free with Museum admission.

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Caroline Boutin
Media Relations Officer
Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation

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