Models and model systems: the nutritional geometry of health and ageing
The question of what represents a balanced diet and how this maintains health and longevity remains unanswered. The talk will set out an integrative framework, Nutritional Geometry, for describing the multidimensional nature of nutritional requirements, the relative values of foods in relation to these requirements, the behavioural and physiological responses when feeding on diets of varying composition, and the health consequences of being restricted to particular diets. This nutritional geometry framework arose from ecological and evolutionary theory and has been developed and tested using a wide variety of species in the laboratory and the field, both conventional model organisms and unconventional study systems, spanning slime moulds to humans. I will use a variety of examples to address problems in ageing, obesity and cardiometabolic health.
Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney
Domain 2 - UMR 3215 / U934 - Genetics and Developmental Biology