Fat, Fertility, and the Brain: Understanding How Body Composition Controls Reproduction

When: Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm

Cost: $8.00 advance tickets,
$10.00* suggested cover at the door

Food and Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, and snacks available. You’re welcome to bring food into the theater with you.

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

There is relationship between women’s body composition and their fertility. When women are too thin they can stop menstruating and become infertile, and this is likely an evolutionary mechanism prevent mammals from becoming pregnant when food is scarce. However, with the rising obesity epidemic, too much body fat can be detrimental to fertility as well. At this Science on Tap, Dr. Cadence True, Staff Scientist at in the Division of Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism at OHSU, will talk about how hormonal signals to the brain help make sure that reproduction happens only during favorable metabolic conditions, and will describe the role the brain plays in the control of female reproductive cycling.