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Cambridge SciBar – Dr Nita Forouhi – Tuesday 8 November

November 8, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us at 7pm on Tuesday, 8 November at Novi Espresso and Cocktail Bar on Cambridge’s Regent Street for a special SciBar event hosted by Cambridge British Science Association and Cambridge University Health Partners in anticipation of World Diabetes Day (14 November). SciBar brings interesting, topical areas of science to the general public with scientific talks followed by lively discussion.

More than 3.5 million people in the UK have diabetes, and treating the condition and its complications accounts for about 10% of NHS spending. As fears of the human and financial cost of diabetes grow, a special event is taking place in Cambridge to reveal how advances in science may both relieve the pressure on health services and improve the lives of people with diabetes.

The free SciBar event on Tuesday 8 November from 7pm at the Novi Espresso and Cocktail Bar on Regent Street is hosted jointly by Cambridge British Science Association, Cambridge University Health Partners and the University of Cambridge, to mark World Diabetes Day.

The event will involve two talks from experts in their fields:

  • Dr Frank Waldron-Lynch will discuss how type 1 diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children, whose treatment usually requires the injection of insulin several times a day to replace what the body cannot produce itself. Dr Waldron-Lynch will reveal how his research is aiming to develop innovative therapies that could one day eradicate the need for regular insulin injections or insulin pumps.
  • Dr Nita Forouhi leads a programme of research at the MRC Epidemiology Unit that aims to understand the association between diet and the risk of, obesity, type 2 diabetes and related disorders. Dr Forouhi will speak about how her research is helping to cut through the confusing messages about diet and nutrition and to focus on the dietary priorities for preventing diabetes.

Baroness Helene Hayman, Chair of Cambridge University Health Partners, said:

In recent weeks, reports have been published predicting one in 10 adults in the UK will be at risk of developing diabetes by 2035 and the number of people with the disease could top five million if obesity rates continue to increase. The impact of this ‘diabetes epidemic’ on our Health Services could be substantial, with experts forecasting it could consume up to 17 per cent of the NHS budget. This is a serious issue which needs to be met head on through the collaboration of healthcare, scientists and industry.

At our special diabetes event, Dr Frank Waldron-Lynch and Dr Nita Forouhi will explain how new technology and knowledge can help reduce the number of new diabetes cases, and help those with diabetes manage their conditions more successfully. Join us as we bring the science and research out of the labs and databases for a lively conversation  in a relaxed environment.”

Entry is FREE and refreshments are available to purchase at the bar downstairs. Pre-book your place on Eventbrite – limited tickets available on the door.


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