Pop Culture vs. Science: How to Survive the Avalanche of Health (Mis)Information!

Oct 23, 2019

The Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba will once again be hosting a FREE public event in October as part of our 15th Annual Child Health Research Days Conference. We are thrilled to be welcoming internationally renowned public speaker, author, and professor, Timothy Caulfield.

Pop culture vs. science: how to survive the avalanche of health (mis)information!

Presented by Professor Timothy Caulfield, University of Alberta

Doors open: 6:30 PM
Presentation: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Avenue, 2nd Floor

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About the Presentation:
There is a ridiculous amount of science-free health and nutrition advice floating around popular culture. And much of this information is conflicting, misleading or just plain crazy. In this presentation, Professor Caulfield will explore why and how health information gets so twisted, including the increasingly important role of social media and popular culture. He will also review why this matters (and it does!) and what the best available evidence says about how to live a healthy lifestyle.


About the Presenter:

Timothy Caulfield

Professor Timothy Caulfield is an unrivaled communicator who debunks myths and assumptions about innovation in the health sector— from research on stem cells to diets to alternative medicine— for the benefit of the public and decision-makers. He is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and a Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta.

Over the past several years, he has been involved in a variety of interdisciplinary research endeavours that have allowed him to publish over 350 articles and book chapters. His research focuses on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, the public representations of science, and health policy issues. The recipient of numerous academic and writing awards, Professor Caulfield is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Trudeau Foundation, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Professor Caulfield also writes frequently for the popular press on a range of health and science policy issues and is the author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin, 2012) and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin, 2015). His most recent book is The Vaccination Picture (Penguin, 2017). He is also the host and co-producer of the award-winning, hit documentary TV show, A User’s Guide to Cheating Death, which has been shown in over 60 countries and is currently streaming on Netflix.