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A mash up of topics; we’ll delve into whether when you eat as important as what you eat. And explore some of the current stroke research being carried out at Nottingham. We’ll also be looking into the UK debate surrounding animal research. How are animal models used to further research and to what extent? Come along for a drink and to get all your questions answered this May.
Chrononutrition - Is When We Eat As Important As What We Eat?
Prof Fran Ebling (Professor of Neuroendocrinology)
We live in a world where high calorie food is readily available for a lot of us. This combined with our increasingly sedentary lifestyles underlies the increasing levels of obesity in almost all nations globally. However maybe it’s not only what we eat, but also when we eat it? I’ll be discussing how recent research has identified how our body clock functions. How certain lifestyles result in our food intake becoming out of synch with our natural rhythms, and how this adds to the problems of obesity and associated health problems.
The Blockage of Stroke Research in Animals
Jewel Ahmed (PhD Student in Bioscience)
Good progress has been made in understanding stroke prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. Undoubtedly, the use of animals in stroke research has greatly contributed to this. Despite the progress made, stroke remains one of the most devastating diseases worldwide. Stroke is the third leading cause of death, and the leading cause of adult disability. No drugs have been approved specifically for the treatment of stroke in the last 25 years. My talk will discuss some of the reasons for this, and how improvement of animal welfare can help address this.
Should We Label Medicines As Tested on Animals?
Dr. Pru Hobson-West (Associate Professor in Sociology )
Renelle McGlacken (Welcome Trust PhD student in Sociology)
The medicines we take everyday were developed and tested using animals in laboratories. This issue has created lots of ethical and scientific discussion. Our project adopts a new approach to try and better understand this debate. This session will introduce our innovative research, and will also invite audience members to participate by considering whether and how the medicines we put into our bodies should be labelled with more information of how they were produced. What might the impact be, if medicines were labelled as ‘tested on animals’?
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