ASA/RACP webinar series 2019

The RACP are once again joining with selected Specialty Societies to present a series of Webinars throughout 2019.  ASA will be working with the College to present 4 webinars over the coming year, and ASA members, whether RACP members or not, are invited to join these webinars.

The first of the series will be held on 03 July at 6.00pm AEST, with Siobhan Banks, Jill Dorrian, Charlotte Gupta and Crystal Yates

For registration details see below: 

Title: The impact of meal timings on shift-workers’ performance and health
When: 03 July at 6.00pm AEST, 5:30pm SA, 4:00pm WA, 8:00pm NZ
Siobhan Banks, Jill Dorrian, Charlotte Gupta and Crystal Yates

About the webinar: We know that what we eat and how much we eat has significant health consequences. Now we are beginning to understand the implications of chononutrition – that when we eat is also important for health and performance. Meal timing is a novel dietary approach that could be used to better manage health in shift workers and even those people who just eat late into the night. 

Normal coordination of physiological processes depends on internal “clocks”: There is a “master clock” in our brain (located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus) and peripheral “clocks” in organs such as the liver, heart, pancreas, muscle and adipose tissues. The master clock orchestrates periods of feeding/ fasting, and peripheral clocks generate 24-hour oscillations of energy storage and utilization. When properly aligned these clocks optimally regulate metabolism and behaviour across the 24-hour cycle. However, staying up late, international travel and shift work cause them to desynchronise, altering metabolic rhythms and inducing insulin resistance and glucose intolerance. 

Meal timing plays an important role in this desynchrony; as irregular patterns of fasting and feeding can uncouple the master and peripheral clocks. However, new data from animal and human studies suggest that the metabolic consequences of circadian rhythm disruption can be reduced by appropriately timed eating. This webinar will showcase the latest chrononutrition science and suggest ways this science could be implemented in real-world scenarios.  It will present new data from a NHMRC funded study investigating ways to prevent metabolic disturbance in shift workers, discuss the role that meal timing plays in circadian desynchrony and present new data that suggests metabolic disturbance in shift workers is increased by eating meals at night. The webinar will also examine novel dietary countermeasures that could be used by shift workers such as high protein snacks to improve safety and health.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This webinar is part of the Specialty Society Webinar Service pilot that is being undertaken by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in partnership with its affiliated specialty societies.

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