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Director of the Microbiome Center, Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago, and Marine Biological Laboratory Group Leader in Microbial Ecology at Argonne National Laboratory


Talk & Deep Dive Session: "Invisible Influence: The Microbiome and Human Health"

The human microbiome is quickly being recognized as a dynamic part of the human ecosystem, and research is starting to demonstrate that using ecology to understand this ecosystem has profound benefits for patient wellness. Changes in the human microbiome have substantial influence on atopy, neurological disorders, metabolic disorders, and a range of complex conditions and disease states.

We will discuss evidence of these mechanisms of interaction and how we have started to disturb the delicate balance of the immune-microbe equilibrium, impacting the development and function of our and our childrens' immune systems.

Applying new strategies to identify how the microbial ecosystem correlates with diseases states and treatment efficacy through Microbiome-Wide Association Studies (MWAS) is altering the trajectory of precision medicine, and providing a new framework for facilitating patient care.