Another Successful Alchemist Cafe….

Luke in actionThere was lots to learn and plenty of laughs in Athlone Institute of Technology last night as we enjoyed another Alchemist Café with a leading Professor of immunology on the whole subject of Ageing.

“We won’t slow it down, but there are ways to have a healthier old age,” said Professor Luke O’Neill of Trinity College Dublin.

“A big problem with ageing is inflammation or ‘inflammageing’. As you get older, your body gets more inflamed. Your body doesn’t break down toxic by-products as readily, and toxic by-products irritate tissue and cause diseases,” he explained.

Luke was joined by Irish-born scientist Sile Lane, whose role on the night was to encourage people to ask for evidence in every claim they see because many claims are purely a case of clever marketing. Sile came to us from London-based charity Sense about Science, which helps people make sense of both science and evidence.

The event was chaired by award-winning broadcaster Jonathan McCrea and I think its fair to say that we all went home with a lot of food for thought about our lifestyle choices and also the way we think about the world of science…It can be challenging to get people out on a wet night in November but we were really pleased to see so much interest in another great Science Week event.