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Helen Battle Lecture 2016

Dr. Robert Cumming speaker at the Helen Battle Lecture 2016

The Helen Battle Lecture is slated to take place on Friday November 25, 12:30 pm in BGS 0153. The speaker is Dr. Robert Cumming.  The title of the presentation "Lactic acid: food for thought or Achilles heel for Alzheimer's disease".


The brain is an incredibly demanding organ from an energetic perspective. New findings from the Cumming lab suggest that lactate metabolism is beneficial for the healthy aging brain. However, disturbed lactate production or transport may contribute to Alzheimer's disease progression. Therapies targeting lactate metabolism may represent an entirely new avenue to treat Alzheimer's disease.

Free for all. Food and refreshments provided

About Dr. Helen Battle

Helen Battle

Dr. Helen Battle had a long and highly-distinguished career at Western. She was a Western alumna who graduated with a BA in Honors Zoology in 1923 and completed her MA in 1924. She earned her PhD in Zoology from the University of Toronto in 1928 and was the first woman in Canada to earn a PhD in marine biology. Dr. Battle earned many honours in her lifetime, including the Canada Centennial Medal in 1967, honorary degrees from Western and Carleton, and the UWO Alumni Association Award of Merit. She died in 1994 at the age of 90.