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We all know that sugar, just like beer, is delicious! Yet they should both be consumed with moderation!
Stress and the munchies
Alfonso Abizaid (Associate Professor in the Faculty of Science at Carleton University)
In this presentation I will talk about why we eat when we are stressed and why we choose foods that are high in calories. In particular, I will talk about ghrelin, a hormone associated with increased appetite and body fat accumulation, and how this hormones promotes feeding when we are stressed. I will focus my attention on how this hormone influences two brain regions: the Hypothalamus and midbrain, to reduce metabolic rate, and to increase appetite as a mechanism that helps us cope with stressors
Metabolism and immunity are both drivers of health, but who’s at the wheel?
Morgan Fullerton (ssistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa)
Diseases like obesity and diabetes have been synonymous with metabolism, whereas things like arthritis and viral infections might have led people to think of their immune system. However, as Bob Dylan wrote “the times they are a-changin’”. Researchers have made incredible strides into understanding that there is an link between how metabolism and our immune system co-exist and how this co-existence can sometimes fan/extinguish the flame of chronic diseases that we face today. I will highlight some of the key aspects of our lab’s interests in a field of research called “immunometabolism"