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Science Cafés

Science Cafés

The purpose of the Science Café program is to strengthen science literacy by engaging the community and translational scientists in an informal setting through bi-directional dialogue of current scientific and medical issues and their translational impact on our culture and society.

Next Science Café –
Menopause and its symptoms: What Every Woman Needs to Know

Saturday, October 27, 2018 @ 9:00 – 10:00 a.m

You are invited to a brief presentation by Dr. Joan Neuner & Dr. Karyn Frick, experts in women’s health followed by a conversation with community members.

Karyn Frick, PhD, MA

The primary focus of our research is to understand how sex-steroid hormones, aging, and environmental factors affect hippocampal function and hippocampal-dependent memory. This work is motivated by the rapidly expanding elderly population worldwide, which will greatly increase the prevalence of age-related cognitive decline and dementia. Our ultimate goal is to help mitigate the impact of cognitive aging on the individual and society by facilitating the development of treatments to reduce or prevent age-related memory decline in humans. To this end, we utilize rodents as research subjects because rodent species offer an unparalleled opportunity to examine systems-level and cellular-level questions about memory formation in a mammalian system where the effects of aging, hormones, and environmental stimulation are similar to those in humans. Our studies combine a variety of approaches including behavioral, biochemical, pharmacological, genetic, and anatomical methods in order to gain a more detailed picture of the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of aging, estrogens, progestagens, and environmental enrichment on the hippocampus and hippocampal memory formation.

Joan Neuner, MD, MPH

Dr. Neuner’s research primarily focuses on clinical epidemiology, health services and quality of care among two groups: women with fractures or fracture risk factors and breast cancer survivors. She has analyzed large national databases of Medicare recipients to examine screening practices and has identified that older, highest-risk patients have a much lower chance of receiving osteoporosis screening. She has also identified racial and socioeconomic disparities in testing even after hip fracture. Dr. Neuner has used physician and patient surveys to examine decision making regarding fracture prevention. Along with MCW and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) co-investigators she is beginning an intervention to improve osteoporosis and osteoarthritis decision making through a patient portal into the electronic medical record.

Her work with breast cancer survivors has also examined large cohorts of women, both from nationwide cancer registries and a national sample of surveyed women. Most recently she has focused on the pharmacoepidemiology of bony fractures and osteonecrosis of the jaw among these women. Her team recently reported an increased hip fracture risk among women using aromatase inhibitors in a large real-world cohort, a risk that was not identified in randomized trials. They are currently examining chemotherapy and bisphosphonate effects on a number of outcomes, with a focus on timing and dose.

About Science Cafés

The very first Science Café (also know as Café Scientifique) was held in Leeds in the United Kingdom in 1998.The founder of this grassroots movement, Duncan Dallas, describes a Café as “a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, people meet to discuss the latest ideas of science and technology which are changing our lives.” Since then, the Science Cafés have popped up all over the globe, with over 200 worldwide in more than 40 countries and at least 50 in the United States alone. Our Science Café series is the first in Southeast Wisconsin.

According to the website www.sciencecafes.org, a Science Café resource site maintained by the WGBH Educational Foundation, there are several ways in which Science Cafés can have educational impact:

  • Conversations increase understanding. Participating in a discussion gives people the chance to think through new ideas and reformulate them in their own words.
  • Conversations increase interest. The open-ended nature of a science café enables people to explore whatever aspects of a topic, or the scientific process in general, interest them most.
  • Conversations lead to more conversations. People enjoy talking about issues at a science café and are therefore likely to discuss the topic outside of the café with friends and family.
  • Conversations are equalizers. Face to face conversations help to dispel misperceptions and stereotypes of scientists and their work.

For our Cafés, the primary focus will be on translational science. We will be able to utilize translational scientists affiliated with the CTSI partner institutions, which affords us a very wide range of topics.

Past Science Cafés - PODCASTS

In case you were unable to attend, recordings of past cafés are available below to stream or download.

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Past Science Cafés - EVENT FLYERS
Our Science Café Format & Goals

Format

Our approach is similar to the first Science Café. The format involves an expert from a given scientific field who interacts with an inquisitive public in an informal, non-academic environment.

  • The scientist/medical professional will speak on the evenings topic for about 20 minutes.
  • There is a short break to allow participants to mingle and begin discussing the topic with one-another and the presenter.
  • The speaker, with the help of a facilitator, engages in 45-60 minutes of informal discussion with the audience.

Participants are encouraged to ask the speaker anything that they like. The casual atmosphere is conducive for a relaxed and comfortable audience and as a result, participants generally are more likely to ask questions and engage in public conversation.

Please Note

Photography: During the Science Café, we may capture photos that will solely be used for the aims of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Community Engagement.

Videotaping: During the Science Café, we may capture video of the presentation and a selection of interactions between the audience and speaker.  The video may be posted on various web resources, in presentations, or other educational opportunities that will solely be used for the aims of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Community Engagement.

Broadcasting: During the Science Café, we may stream the presentation and interactions between the audience and speaker.  Only those in attendance (speaker and audience) will be able to view the interactions.

By attending the Science Cafe, your consent for photos, videos, or broadcasting is implied. If you do not wish to be in photos, videos, or broadcasting please inform a staff or faculty member when checking in at the registration table.

Publication or White Paper: The themes that come from the Science Cafe could be used in possible future publications or white papers. No direct quotations or identifiable information will be used for publication.

Goals

  • Strengthen science literacy.
  • Transfer knowledge between a translational researchers and an inquisitive public.
  • Demonstrate the important role science plays in society.
  • Demonstrate the important role the community plays in science.
  • Create opportunities for CTSI of Southeast Wisconsin faculty, staff, students and public to engage one another on health related issues in an environment outside an academic setting.
  • Inspire the public to be more comfortable interacting with scientific and/or medical experts.
  • Inspire scientific and/or medical experts to be more comfortable discussing science and health issues with the public.
  • Create environment for community to teach CTSI faculty about issues around community literacy and applicability.

Health and Scientific Literacy

Our foundation is built on two specific concepts: health literacy and scientific literacy.

We choose to define health literacy as the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.1 And scientific literacy as the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity.2

1 Ratzan SC, Parker RM. 2000. Introduction. In: National Library of Medicine Current Bibilographies in Medicine: Health Literacy. Selden CT, Zorn M, Ratzan SC, Parker RM, Editors. NLM Pub. No. CBM 2000-1. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
2 National Science Education Standards, pg. 22 http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses assessed on 1/14/2013.

Supported By

Science Cafés are supported by the CTSI Community Engagement Program within the Institute for Health and Society and is funded in part by Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Research and Education Initiative Fund, a component of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important Reminder – Please acknowledge the NIH when publishing papers, patents, projects, and presentations resulting from the use of CTSI resources by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement.

PARTNERS

Zablocki VA Medical CenterMedical College of WisconsinMSOE