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REF NO.: 75
SUBJECT: Memorial researchers share their expertise on childhood obesity
DATE: Nov. 17
Three Memorial researchers will be delving into these issues in an informal and interactive Café Scientifique on Sunday, Nov. 20, from 2-4 p.m. at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium.
Dr. Guang Sun, associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine, is the lead investigator on a study examining the genetic determinants of obesity. He is leading the first-of-its-kind study into whether or not children in Newfoundland and Labrador are genetically predisposed to obesity. Dr. Sun will be sharing information on how our genetics may be influencing the fat in our body stores.
Dr. Laurie Twells, School of Pharmacy and Faculty of Medicine, and her research colleagues have discovered a small but significant relationship between exclusive breastfeeding and preschool obesity. Their research found that exclusive breastfeeding to four months appeared to be a protective factor for obesity in preschoolers. In addition to talking about her research, Dr. Twells will also be sharing information about predictors for obesity and why childhood obesity is such a concern.
The event is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Café Scientifique program. A Café Scientifique is not a lecture; its a place for researchers to come together with members of the community to share information and ideas related to community issues in a relaxed group discussion.
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