Science and suds deliver University research to the people

By Costa Maragos Posted: May 18, 2016 6:01 a.m.

Dr. Josef Buttigieg, seated (l) with members of his research team. Buttigieg presents his research at the Health Science Pub series at Bushwakker Brewpub.
Dr. Josef Buttigieg, seated (l) with members of his research team. Buttigieg presents his research at the Health Science Pub series at Bushwakker Brewpub. Photo courtesy of Adrea Murillo.

So two university researchers walk into a pub.

Welcome to the Health Sciences Pub at Bushwakker Brewpub in Regina, Thursday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. and you're invited.

This semi-regular gathering delivers U of R research expertise to pub patrons, and no worries, you don’t need a PhD to understand the lecture.

The talk is titled, “Your Aging Brain: Why We Forget What We Are Talking About.”

The talks feature the research of Dr. Josef Buttigieg, associate professor of Biology and Dr. Nuelle Novik, associate professor in the Faculty of Social Work.

“The goal is to bring bio-medical and clinical researchers together with social science and health researchers to talk about the same health issue from different perspectives,” says Dr. Tom McIntosh, head of the Department of Politics and International Studies. He’s co-organized the event with Dr. Buttigieg.

“We will present our research in a way that helps the public understand the complexities of solving health issues from both the scientific and the social side of the equation.”  

Ever wonder why we tend to forget as we get older?

Buttigieg and Novik will talk about the implications of the aging brain from both the basic biomedical perspective and the social health perspective.

As a researcher, Buttigieg is interested in what happens when the brain is damaged, and how we can use stem cells to repair the damage.

Novik is a member of Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU).

The unit includes researchers from the U of R and the University of Saskatchewan.

Novik will discuss findings from an extensive team research program focusing upon rural healthy aging in place.

In addition, she will discuss the results of her own research with older adults, which specifically examines the impacts of social isolation on both the cognitive health and mental health of seniors.

People attending are encouraged to ask questions.

You get all this while enjoying a cold one.

Event:      Health Sciences Pub: Good For What “Ales” You

Location: Bushwakker Brewpub – 2206 Dewdney Avenue

Date:       Thursday, May 19

Time:       7:30 p.m. and it's free.