Science Cafe: "Nutrition and the aging brain"

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The Swansea Science Cafe offers opportunities for anyone to find out more about new, exciting and topical areas of science in an informal and entertaining way.

David Benton

Title:"Nutrition and the aging brain"

Speaker: Professor David Benton, Department of Psychology, Swansea University

Date: Wednesday 25th February

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea

Admission: Free, all welcome

At this month’s February's Science Cafe talk, Professor Benton discusses dementia and asks if it is viewed as an impending epidemic, why don’t the majority develop this problem? Aspects of life-style, in particular diet, that decrease the risk of developing dementia will be discussed. The role played by polyphenols, fatty acids, vitamins and the levels of blood glucose will also be examined.

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About Science Cafe Wales

Each month, a leading expert in their field will give a brief introductory talk followed by a friendly informal chat. You can sit back, relax with a drink and listen or get involved in the discussion and debate. The Science Café organisers are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable.

Science Café Wales are held in casual settings in Cardiff, Swansea and Bangor. They are informal and accessible and entrance is entirely free. They usually start with a short talk from the speaker, usually a scientist or writer, followed by a quick break and then an hour or so of discussion afterwards.

Previous topics have included dark matter, the common cold, Dr Who, the Big Bang and alternative therapies.

The first Cafes Scientifiques in the UK were held in Leeds in 1998. From there cafés gradually spread across the country.

Currently, some 40 or so cafés meet regularly to hear scientists or writers on science talk about their work and discuss it with diverse audiences.