'Obesity - Why is it so hard to lose weight?'

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 19:00 to 20:00
Iontas Building, North Campus

Taking place during Science Week at Maynooth University on Wednesday, 16th November from 7-8pm, this Faculty of Science & Engineering alumni lecture (a part of the *Maynooth Alumni Lecture Series) entitled ‘Obesity – Why is it so hard to lose weight?’, will be delivered by inaugural MAP Alumni Achievement Award winner, Dr Andy Hogan (BSc 2004, PhD 2010).  Andy is currently a Senior Scientist with the Obesity Immunology Research Group in St Vincent’s Hospital and his lecture will give an insight to the research currently being conducted on how obesity negatively impacts the immune system, allowing the development of diseases such as type II diabetes, heart disease and up to 50% of certain cancers. This research is also raising key questions about whether the immune system controls our body weight and can the immune system be harnessed in the fight against obesity.

Andy will also talk about his student days at Maynooth University and his journey after Maynooth which lead him to researching the global obesity epidemic.

Alumni can register for this free event here.  Alumni family members and guests (budding scientists especially) welcome!

Not a Maynooth graduate but would like to attend this event?  You're very welcome.  Just email alumni@mu.ie or call 01 7086492.

More on Obesity:
Obesity is a global epidemic. The World Health Organization has predicted that Ireland will become the most obese country in Europe by 2030, when 9 out of 10 Irish adults will register as either overweight or obese. Currently 1 in 4 Irish adults are obese. Obesity is responsible for 3,000 deaths per year in Ireland and costs the taxpayer in excess of €3 billion euro.
*Maynooth University Alumni Lecture Series: Launched in 2014, the Alumni Office has designed a series of lectures, in collaboration with each faculty, geared specifically for alumni.  'Ireland Votes 2016: Predictions, Predilections, and Partnerships' , the Faculty of Social Sciences lecture, was delivered in Dublin City Council’s Wood Quay venue in February 2016 by members of the Department of Geography and the Department of Sociology together with moderator, Shane Coleman (Newstalk, Irish Independent). The Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy Alumni Lecture, ‘Currencies, politics and society in Ireland since 1847’, took place on campus in April 2016 and was given by emeritus professor of Modern History, Vincent Comerford.