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Tonight we will have intriguing talks about the link between our brains and obesity, and the importance of eating those greens!
How can your brain control your weight?
Prof Ana Domingos (Associate Professor of Neuroscience)
Obesity is a global health problem that presents with many complications such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Ana researches how the brain and the immune system control obesity. Ana will discuss her work on a subset of neurones that have the capacity to drive fat mass reduction and how her research can pave the way to the development of anti-obesity treatments.
The importance of eating your greens: how iron deficiency causes heart disease
Prof Samira Lakhal-Littleton (Associate Professor of Physiology)
Mention the term “iron deficiency” and most people immediately want to follow it with the word “anaemia”. Historically, anaemia has been thought of as the only consequence of iron deficiency. Studies showing that non-anaemic iron deficient patients do just as badly as the anaemic ones remained widely unexplained. Work from my lab has shown that local iron deficiency within the heart and blood vessels is sufficient to cause heart disease, even in the absence of anaemia. Should iron supplements in clinical practice no longer be based on haemoglobin?