LFS Scholar Series

The LFS Scholar Series invites experts in their fields to present the broad impacts of their research here at UBC.

In accordance with recommendations from the Office of the Provincial Medical Health Officer, BC Centre for Disease Control and Ministry of Health, we are postponing the LFS Scholar Series until further notice. Please check back here for updates.

Speaker: Dr. Jean-Loup Rault, Professor and Head, Institute of Animal Welfare Science, University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria

Topic: Be kind to others: Prosocial behaviours and their implications for animal welfare

Dr. Jean-Loup Rault leads the Institute of Animal Welfare Science, which conducts research into social behavior, positive human-animal relationship, new technologies (PLF and neuroimaging), and the impact of housing and husbandry practices on animal welfare. Dr. Rault’s research focuses on the benefits of social behavior and positive human-animal relationships for animal welfare, with a particular interest in the hormone oxytocin.

Past talks:

Speaker: Dr. Evan Fraser, Director, Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph
and Professor, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics

Topic: Trusted, Safe and Sustainable: Canada and the Next Agricultural Revolution
Dr. Evan Fraser presents an optimistic-yet-critical vision for how Canada can be a global leader in the production of safe, trusted and sustainable food for the 21st century. He explores both challenges and opportunities associated with developing sustainable, equitable and nutritious ways of feeding the future. He will focus on technological innovations as well as the limits of technology-driven approaches.

Listen to an audio recording of Dr. Fraser's presentation here.

Speaker: Dr. Michele Morgante, Professor of Genetics, University of Udine/Institute of Applied Genomics (Italy)

Topic: Genomics in agriculture: Between sustainability and societal acceptance
Dr. Michele Morgante will address genomics in plant and food production. Dr. Morgante has been President of the Italian Society of Agricultural Genetics (SIGA) and is a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and Academia Europaea. His research group has been instrumental in establishing a number of genetic technology platforms that are now being widely deployed in plant genomic research. He has received the 2005 Medal for Physical and Natural Sciences of the Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze.

Speaker: Dr. Amanda MacFarlane, Head of the Micronutrient Research Section in the Nutrition Research Division, Health Canada

Topic: Lessons learned from Canada: Optimizing folic acid intake among women of childbearing age in an era of fortification

Dr. Amanda MacFarlane is a Research Scientist in the Nutrition Research Division at Health Canada, where she examines the effect of folate intake on genotoxicity in somatic cells, including the impact of maternal and paternal folate intake on germline and offspring genomic and epigenomic stability. She also uses national health survey and cohort data to identify the socioeconomic, dietary and genetic determinants of folate and B vitamin status of Canadians.