Our regular monthly event, Skeptics Café happens on the third Monday of each month at La Notte Restaurant, 140 Lygon Street Carlton. (nearest intersection – Pelham Street). We commence with a drink and a meal from about 6pm, and there is usually a talk from 8pm. Skeptics Cafés are public events – everyone is welcome.


January 19 2015 Skeptics Café

Dr Jason Tye-Din
Dr Jason Tye-Din

Gluten sensitive or just plain sensitive?
Once considered an uncommon curiosity, coeliac disease is now regarded as one of the most prevalent immune illnesses affecting humans. It wasn’t until the mid 20th century that gluten was firmly identified as the causative agent which led to the treatment sufferers still employ today, a lifelong gluten free diet. Whilst the role of the gluten free diet as a medical treatment for coeliac disease is well established, its promotion as a panacea for a multitude of symptoms and diseases has served to blur and potentially undermine its role as a critical treatment for coeliac disease. Dr Jason Tye-Din will provide a modern understanding of coeliac disease and the key issues encountered by patients, clinicians, and the food industry.  He will discuss contemporary research into the nebulous entity known as “gluten sensitivity”, and reveal how rigorous, randomised and blinded studies are revealing new insights into the harm or, more importantly, lack of harm, caused by gluten.

Dr Jason Tye-Din is a gastroenterologist and researcher. He heads the coeliac research program at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and runs a coeliac clinic at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Jason completed his medical degree at Melbourne University in 1995 and undertook clinical training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital specialising in gastroenterology. A PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute sparked an interest in research, immunology, and food-related disease, and enabled him to undertake studies into the immunologic basis of gluten toxicity in human coeliac volunteers. This research formed the basis for the design of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for coeliac disease now in clinical trials.

February 16 2015 Skeptics Café

Dr Meredith Doig – topic to be announced

March 16 2015 Skeptics Café

Joanne Benhamu” – Human Rights Research – a walk through the exploded minefield of Wakefield, Burzynski and more.
“I’m not going to talk about the pseudoscience of Wakefield and Burzynski. I’m specifically going to look at how they failed to meet the standards required of conducting ethical research”.

Joanne is the Convenor of the “Nursing Skeptically” facebook group; a member of Friends Of Science In Medicine; an organising committee member of the 2014 Australian Skeptics Convention in Sydney; a member of the Australian Skeptics Inc Committee; and a new arrival in Melbourne.


Calendars of Free Public Lectures. 

(Link to lecture programs of the University of Melbourne, the Royal Society of Victoria, and the Atheist Society

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