The series brought USQ expertise further into the Toowoomba community by featuring the work of researchers and academics in venues across the city.
Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow Dr Sunil Panchal spoke at the Engine Room Café on the topic ‘Foods for healthy ageing - stay healthier for longer after retirement’.
Dr Panchal is a Research Fellow (Health and Wellbeing) at USQ’s Institute for Agriculture and Environment, co-leading the Functional Foods Research Group (FFRG).
FFRG investigates treatments for chronic inflammatory diseases to provide an evidence basis for dietary options to improve the health of the people in the community.
At the Community Lecture, Dr Panchal said his main purpose was to encourage people, in particular the elderly, to examine their diet and to eat healthier.
He said Australia’s population was ageing, leading to an increase in associated health concerns.
“The aim of my research is to develop a range of food products for older people to help them prevent chronic age-related complaints,” he said.
“By working with the food industry and established experts, we can explore options for senior Queenslanders and others to enjoy a better quality of life for longer through the development of fresh and processed foods which can improve organ and overall health.”
Dr Panchal said events such as Community Lectures allowed him to share his research, as well as raise local awareness.
Learn more about the FFRG at www.usq.edu.au/functional-foods. More information about the Community Lecture series can be found at www.usq.edu.au/hes/outreach-and-engagement/community-lectures.