Effect of exercise and nutrition interventions on liver fat in obese children with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the leading cause of paediatric chronic liver disease. Multi-disciplined lifestyle interventions are the cornerstone of therapy for the management of NAFLD in children, however there is minimal evidence evaluating the efficacy of these approaches individually or in combination.

This presentation will discuss the findings from the ACE study, an exercise and nutrition program for obese children run at The School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. Using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) to quantify IHL, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to quantity abdominal adipose tissue, and dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) to quantify whole body fat, the presentation will compare the effect of an exercise and nutrition program versus nutrition advice only on liver fat, and adipose tissue in obese children.

Katrin Dias is a PhD Candidate at the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, UQ.


Functional brain architectures supporting reasoning.

Our capacity for higher cognitive reasoning allows us to understand abstract ideas and solve complex problems. Previous fMRI studies have shown that reasoning performance is positively correlated with task-induced neural activity in segregated functional networks. More recently, it has been proposed that widespread neural networks can rapidly and flexibly reconfigure their patterns of functional connectivity in response to complex cognitive tasks, but the importance of these dynamic reconfigurations in network topology for reasoning abilities is unclear. In this talk I will present a study where we assessed the hypothetical link between neural network reconfiguration and reasoning performance.

Luke Hearne is a PhD Candidate at the Queensland Brain Institute, UQ.

About CAI Seminar Series

The perfect opportunity to attend cutting-edge research presentations involving CAI researchers or collaborators, each Tuesday at 9:30am in the CAI Seminar Room, entry via CAI main doors, facing Wep Harris oval (see map).

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