Revealed: How your brain controls your body weight

16 August 2011

An award winning physiologist will deliver a free public lecture at the Museum of Tropical Queensland revealing the role our brains play in controlling body weight.

Internationally recognised physiologist Professor Michael Cowley will deliver the lecture as part of National Science Week on Tuesday 16 August at 3pm.

Museum of Tropical Queensland Director Peter McLeod said the lecture promises to be a fascinating insight into the relationship between the brain and bodyweight.

“Professor Cowley leads the way towards unravelling some of Australia’s greatest medical challenges,” Mr McLeod said.

“His talk will incorporate how the brain detects how much has been eaten and how the brain balances food intake with energy expenditure to balance body weight over time.

“Professor Cowley’s lecture will appeal to both the general public and medical science professionals and it’s a great privilege to have someone of Professor Cowley’s calibre to speak at the museum.”

National Science Week is Australia’s largest national festival and will be celebrated this year from 13-21 August.

Celebrating science, innovation, mathematics, engineering and technology, National Science Week attracts an audience of more than 1.5 million and hosts more than 1000 events across the nation.

Professor Cowley’s visit is part of the National Tour, one of the highlights of National Science Week.

The National Tour brings the brightest and best scientists in the world on a tour of Australia to share their experience, spread their enthusiasm for science, and inspire Australia’s up-and-coming scientific talent.

Entry to the museum is free for locals through the Council Community Pass, supported by Townsville, Burdekin, Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook councils.

The Museum of Tropical Queensland, part of the Queensland Museum, is open from 9.30am - 5pm daily.

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