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19 October 2018

Leading plant biologist Professor Cathie Martin MBE FRS describes medicine as 'sick care' and food as 'health care'. Join us as she explains how the answer to rising rates of chronic disease and the resulting economic burden on global healthcare systems may lie in simply eating more plants. 

OVERVIEW

Food is about health care, medicine is about sick care: the importance of plants in our diet

It has been accepted for more than 50 years that diets rich in plants, particularly fruit and vegetables, protect health. Yet over this same period, the quality of diets has declined, with many people replacing fruit and vegetables with cheaper, sugary, oily processed foods. These dietary shifts are having a marked impact on the incidence of chronic disease worldwide, resulting in obesity, metabolic diseases, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at an all time high. The appreciation of the challenges of achieving global food security has matured to include nutritional security, as scientists realise that not only calorie content but also food composition dramatically impacts our health and well-being. By understanding how and which plant nutrients confer greatest benefit in protecting against specific diseases, researchers hope to achieve optimum dietary improvements for all levels in society.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Professor Cathie Martin MBE FRS (Plant Biologist, John Innes Centre, UK)

Cathie Martin is a group research leader at the John Innes Centre and Professor at the University of East Anglia, whose work spans from fundamental to applied plant science. Professor Martin researches the relationship between diet and health and how crops can be fortified to improve diets and address the global challenge of escalating chronic disease. This research has involved linking leading clinical and epidemiological researchers with plant breeders and metabolic engineers to develop scientific understanding of how diet can help to maintain health, promote healthy ageing and reduce the risk of chronic disease. Professor Martin is also involved in developing genetic screens to identify crops which lack toxins that cause nutritional diseases, and has recently initiated a collaborative project with China to conduct research on Chinese medicinal plants. She was appointed MBE for her work on Plant Biotechnology in 2013 and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2018.

 

LIVESTREAM

This lecture will be livestreamed at: www.qut.edu.au/live-streaming?stream=ifegrandchallenge

AFTER THE LECTURE, SEE THE QUT SCIENCE IN FOCUS FINALIST EXHIBITION & AWARD CEREMONY IN THE CUBE

Join us in The Cube after the lecture to enjoy the arts-science nexus first-hand. The QUT Science in Focus exhibition showcases beautiful, unexpected and inspiring images and videos related to QUT research. Drinks and canapés will be served as the 2018 competition winners are announced.

Help decide the people's choice champion

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The entrant with the most votes will receive a $250 cash prize. Vote now!

Date
19 October 2018 - 19 October 2018
Time
Lecture starts at 4.00pm, followed by exhibition at 5.15pm
Location
Level 4, P Block, QUT Gardens Point
Room
Lecture will be held in Kindler Theatre, followed by exhibition in The Cube
Cost
Free
Organisation
QUT Institute for Future Environments
Email
ife@qut.edu.au
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Professor Cathie Martin MBE FRS (Plant Biologist, John Innes Centre, UK)