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Science Lecture Series: Dr. Kristy Townsend

December 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Kristy Townsend, Ph.D.

Remodeling in Our Brain and Nervous System:
Connections to Obesity and Diabetes

Thursday, December 20 at 7:00 pm

Obesity and Diabetes are currently global pandemics.  Obesity, and most cases of diabetes, stem from an energy imbalance whereby we take in more calories than we burn.  This simple energy equation is actually quite complex at the physiological level, and involves brain communication with organs and tissues such as the gut, adipose (fat tissue), muscle, and pancreas.  This talk will explore how our body maintains metabolic health, how our nervous system remodels in order to regulate hunger and energy expenditure, and what the research evidence tells us about healthy fats in our diet and on our bodies.



Kristy Townsend, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Neurobiology at University of Maine, and an expert on the neuroscience of energy balance.  Dr. Townsend was previously an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and Joslin Diabetes Center, and received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Boston University.  The Townsend Lab at UMaine investigates how the brain communicates with adipose (fat) tissue in order to maintain metabolic health, the plasticity and neuropathy of adipose nerves, and how the brain undergoes neural remodeling to regulate energy balance.

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The Science Lecture Series at Emera Astronomy Center will take place the third Thursday of each month and is a partnership project with the Maine Science Festival and will feature research from a variety of science disciplines from around our state and use the digital planetarium to visualize these discoveries in a new dramatic and immersive way.

Season passes are available for the entire October 2018 – April 2019 Science Lecture Series for $30 for adults, and $20 for children under 12. They can be purchased by calling 581-1341, or by inquiring at the box office.

Tickets for planetarium programs are $6 for Adults, $5 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior Citizens, and $4 for children under 12. Click here to view our calendar.

Tickets are available online at, by calling 581-1341, or at the box office.


December 20, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Orono, ME 04469 United States
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