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The Science of Health and Wellbeing

July 15 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Join us at our brand-new masterclasses and learn what science has to say about health and well-being. Our team of experts will help you cut through the myths and sensational headlines with up-to-date research and real-world advice around personalised nutrition, exercise, new obesity drugs, sleep, your immune system and how to be happier.

The morning session will focus on diet and exercise, and the afternoon session will focus on how to live better and improve your well-being. Join us for one session or the whole day and start your journey towards a healthier you.

Topics covered will include:

Morning session: diet and exercise

  • Personalised nutrition
  • Exercise and diet
  • Weight loss medicine

Afternoon session: wellbeing

  • Optimising sleep
  • Your immune system
  • How to be happy


Morning session: Diet and exercise, talks and speakers:

Personalised nutrition

Kate Bermingham, Research Associate, King’s College London

What role does our individual microbiome play in shaping our unique responses to food relative to ‘what’ we eat, ‘who’ we are and ‘how’ we eat?

Can you outrun a bad diet?

Dylan Thompson, Professor of Human Physiology, University of Bath

What is the role of exercise in keeping us healthy? Is it possible to eat a ‘poor’ diet, with excess calories but offset it by increasing your physical exercise?

New obesity drugs- what’s the evidence?

Simon Cork, Senior Lecturer in Physiology, Anglia Ruskin University

Semaglutide (also known by brand names such as Wegovy and Ozempic) is a medication for type 2 diabetes that has recently been approved to treat obesity. Results have been dramatic, showing a 15 per cent reduction in body weight over a year when combined with exercise and eating healthily. In this talk, we’ll explore how this medication works, what side effects it has and if it is really the solution to the obesity epidemic.


Afternoon session: Wellbeing, talks and speakers:

Optimising Sleep: Unravelling the Neuroscience and enhancing sleep habits

Nicola Barclay, Lecturer in Sleep Medicine, the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, University of Oxford

Nicola Barclay will delve into the fascinating world of sleep, exploring its intricate neuroscience, the importance of sufficient sleep, common sleep problems, and evidence-based strategies to improve sleep quality. By combining research-based findings with therapeutic techniques, she will provide practical insights for optimising sleep and its impact on overall well-being.

Your immune system – Can it be “boosted”? If not, why not?

Al Edwards, Associate Professor in Biomedical Technology, University of Reading / Southampton

Advertisements are full of claims for ‘Immune Boosting’ products, but is there any evidence that we can strengthen our body’s most fascinating system? We do know that vaccines work very well, but at the same time find it very hard to measure the general status of our immune system; this makes it surprisingly difficult to know how to strengthen immunity through behaviour or nutrition.

How to be happy: all you need is stoicism?

Tim Lebon, Accredited psychotherapist and author

Did the Stoics in ancient Greece discover the psychology of a happy life over 2,000 years ago, and how are their teachings similar to modern approaches like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?


Who should attend?

Anyone interested in health and well-being, whatever your age or background. Whether you’re a scientist, a student or simply a fascinated human being, The Science of Health and Wellbeing offers the chance to learn directly from the experts.


Benefits of attending:

  • Learn from scientists working at the forefront of their field.
  • Informal set-up, meet like-minded people.
  • Open your mind, and be inspired.
  • A unique chance to ask your burning questions to our experts.


What’s included in your ticket:

  • In-depth and engaging talks from six leading scientists.
  • Hosted Q+As with the speakers at the end of each session.
  • Your chance to meet our speakers and New Scientist host.
  • Exclusive on-the-day New Scientist subscription deal, book and merchandise offers.
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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