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Nicholas Catchlove Lecture

Our dynamic microbiomes and gut health

Our microbiomes are affected by the food we eat, the environment we inhabit and even the people we live and work with. And we're just starting to understand the implications of these influences on our health.

The 2018 Nicholas Catchlove lecture will examine the role of gut microbiomes on our health. Studies have found that we change our microbiomes every day through the foods we eat, the environments we experience, even the people we live and work with.

Through the American Gut Project, the largest crowdsourced and crowdfunded citizen-science project ever conducted, we now know about the microbiomes of many types of people, from the healthiest (student-athletes, centenarians) to the sickest (cancer patients, intensive care patients and those with C. diff).

Amazingly, diet has an especially profound effect on our microbiomes, often outweighing the effects of disease or medications. This raises the prospect of a system for real-time analysis of our microbiomes that helps guide our daily decisions in a way that optimises our microbiomes for life-long wellness.

Event details

Event type: Lecture
Date: Wednesday 17 October 2018
Time: 6 – 7pm
Venue: Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium (D17), John Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Rd). Note: if you're walking to the Auditorium, it is next to the ovals (via Ross St entrance).
Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations required
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Please note: while there is some parking available within the University next to the building, at New Law Building carpark, behind RPA, at Broadway and some street parking, spaces are limited so we suggest using public transport whenever possible.

The speaker

Professor Rob Knight

Professor Rob Knight is the founding director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation and Professor of Pediatrics, Bioengineering and Computer Science and Engineering at University of California San Diego.

He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Microbiology. In 2017 he received the 2017 Massry Prize for his microbiome research and in 2015 he was the recipient of the Vilceck Prize in Creative Promise for the Life Sciences. His lab, Knight Lab has produced many of the software tools and laboratory techniques that enabled high-throughput microbiome science, including the QIIME pipeline (cited more 10,000 times) and UniFrac (cited more than 7000 times including its web interface).

Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium