Cafe Sci Cambridge: Gut bacteria and human health

Using genomic tools to study gut microbiome will help us understand its role in health and disease.
Date: 
Wed 11th Sep,
7:00pm to 9:00pm

About 2% of our body weight is due to the bacteria that live in our intestines. This “gut microbiome” is an essential contributor to human health; imbalances in it can contribute to conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies and obesity. In our September event, Hilary Browne and Alexandre Almeida will share the latest insights into the complex and fascinating connections between our health and our gut microbiome.

Hilary Browne is a researcher at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. Hilary works on culturing the microbes in the human gut to get good quality samples that can have their genomes sequenced. This enables research into their functions and characteristics, something that we currently don’t know enough about.

Alexandre Almeida’s research at the European Bioinformatics Institute is focused on using computational approaches to study the gut microbiome. He looks at how interactions between specific microbes can affect human health. Alex uses the latest genomic tools to discover and describe new species of gut bacteria, and determine which may play important roles in the incidence of disease.

 

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This is a free and non-ticketed event.

Doors open at 18:45 so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Starts at 19:00 and finish around 20:30.