Science Café Las Vegas

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Science Café Las Vegas, supported by the UNLV College of Sciences, is an organization geared towards bringing fascinating science discussions to the public of Southern Nevada.

We invite scientists to give short (~10-15 minute) presentations to the public at our fantastic venue, McMullan's Irish Pub, and then have roundtable discussions about anything you could possibly wish to know. Science Café Las Vegas is on the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8 p.m.

Come on down to the pub for lively science discussion, delicious brews, fantastic food, and a great time! Family friendly (under age 21 allowed).


Dr. Arpita Basu, UNLV Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

"Gestational Diabetes: Increasing Prevalence but Decreasing Solutions"

Pregnancy is a critical phase of the human lifecycle that greatly impacts cellular growth and differentiation in the unborn child. The prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) characterized by the onset or recognition of impaired glucose metabolism in pregnancy is increasing in parallel with higher rates of obesity and older age at pregnancy. GDM is associated with several impaired metabolic function in both the mother and the developing fetus. While the effects of GDM could be devastating and permanent, few treatment strategies have been identified. Such effective interventions are urgently needed in the state of Nevada inhabited by diverse minority populations who are at a greater risk of developing this condition. Previous studies have shown dietary counseling in GDM to be inconclusive, and given the adverse consequences of GDM, and concomitant safety concerns of medications, there is an urgent need to identify safe, cost-effective and healthy interventions for these mothers and babies.

Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to dine and hang out.
Talk begins at 7 p.m.


McMullan's Irish Pub

4650 W. Tropicana Ave. #110
Las Vegas, NV 89103