Institute Research Student Seminars
Speakers: Stephanie Meyer & Elizabeth Dutton
Date and time: Wednesday 29th October 2014 at 12.30
Stephanie Meyer will present:
"Effect of oestrogenic chemicals on the liver"
The oestrogen receptors (ERs) are a major target for endocrine disruptor chemicals which can affect health and reproduction by disturbing the hormone system in animals and humans. The commonly used food colour tartrazine has previously been shown to activate the human ERα in vitro and caused a cholestatic liver injury when injected into mice intraperitoneally. Therefore tartrazine was examined for its ability to activate the mouse oestrogen receptors and its potential to cause adverse effects when administered orally in an experimental mouse model was investigated.
Key words: Oestrogen receptors, xenoestrogens, cholestatic liver disease
Elizabeth Dutton will discuss:
"Use-it-or-lose-it" - Older adults' perceptions of brain health and its maintenance"
Physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of dementia. However, health messages have limited impact on physical activity levels amongst older adults. A design-research workshop explored perceptions of brain health with eight older adults, and what actions, if any, people undertake to maintain their brain health. The research forms part of a PhD research project to design products and services to engage people in physical activity to improve brain health.
Key words: Physical activity, brain health, dementia
Chair: Rebecca Brennan