Welcome to Café Scientifique Boulder

NOTICE: The Sigma Xi Executive Board has decided to cancel the 2017 annual reception.

Café Scientifique is an international movement of scientists and interested citizens who organize informal monthly discussion groups. Our goal is to provide a place for public discussion of interesting and controversial issues in contemporary science.

Upcoming Cafe: The skinny on resistant starch: can it really help you lose weight and prevent cancer?

Janine Higgins, PhD Nutrition Research Director CU’s Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Auroraresistant-starch-healthy

Until approximately 15 years ago, it was believed that all starches were digested in the upper digestive tract and absorbed as sugars into the bloodstream. However, it has since been noted that some starches resist digestion in the upper digestive tract and, so, pass into the large bowel relatively intact. These starches are referred to as resistant starch (RS). In the bowel, RS is highly fermentable. It has the properties of both soluble and insoluble fiber and, thus, has been studied widely for its effects on bowel health. RS has been shown to increase bulk and decrease transit time and prevent the proliferation of pre-cancerous bowel lesions in rats. The metabolic benefits of RS include lowering post-meal blood sugar levels after consumption and increased fat burning. How are these processes related? What do we know about the mechanisms of action of RS, if anything? Do different mechanisms underlie the bowel and systemic effects of RS consumption? How can we consume more RS? Any other questions you’d like answered about RS?


Café Sci Boulder (usually) meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

Refreshments begin at 5:30 pm and the talk starts at 6:00 pm.

The presenter speaks for 15 – 25 minutes, followed by a question and answer period. We break around 7pm; however, the speaker usually stays around for individual discussion and questions with audience members who wish to talk further.

Attendance is limited to 70 so please RSVP!


Bohemian Biergarten, 2017 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302
(720) 328-8328
The Café meets in the back room


Full restaraunt menu, happy hour prices!

Plan to arrive by 5:30 if you wish to order food.


For more information or to be added to our email list for monthly notifications of Café Sci Boulder events, please contact Tammy Maldonado


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