The Gut Microbiome: Health Improvment Beyond Energy Extraction

February 6, 2014 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Biodesign Institute Auditorium
Chevas Samuels
(480) 965-6784

Image of Dr Rosa and John K Di Baise

John K. Di Baise, M.D., Mayo Clinic, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Dr. Di Baise’s research interests relate to the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal motility and nutrition-related disorders. Specifically,he focuses on the clinical utility of tests used in the diagnosis of motility disorders and the treatment of gastroparesis, chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, irritable bowel syndrome and short bowel syndrome.

Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown is currently an assistant professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment and is part of the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology in the Biodesign Institute.

Location: Biodesign Auditorium

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Date & Time: February 6th, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Title: The Gut Microbiome: Health Improvement Beyond Energy Extraction

Over the last decade, there has been an explosion in interest in the human microbiome both from the scientific community and the general public. This interest has been driven, in part, by the development of tools for identifying and studying the composition and functional capacity of microbes that coexist with the human host. Our gut harbors a complex community of over 100 trillion microbes that influence our normal physiology, metabolism and immune function. Disruption of this gut microbiome has been linked with a number of gastrointestinal disorders, metabolic disorders and immune-mediated conditions. In this presentation, we will provide an overview of the human microbiome focusing on the gut microbiome. We will then highlight research on the potential role of the gut microbiome in the development of obesity while also briefly reviewing its potential influence in the area of cancer. Finally, we will consider the manipulation of the gut microbiota as a potential option to treat disease.

Thank you and if you have questions please contact Chevas Samuels! And don’t forget, coffee will be served!

Chevas Samuels, Center for the Convergence of Physical Science and Cancer Biology

Arizona State University | P.O. Box 871504 | Tempe, AZ 85287

(480) 965-0342 | Fax: (480) 965-6362

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