Café Scientifique: The invisible world inside us

The human microbiome is a wonder of nature, with trillions of microbes calling our body home. They live in our gut and many other places throughout our body. They are involved in virtually every aspect of how we function and we are learning that they are essential to staying healthy. An unhealthy microbiome has been linked to many diseases from allergies to cancer and even mental health. 

Most people out there have heard about probiotics and fermented foods, and chances are you’re trying to get more of them in your diet. Drinking kombucha or eating yogurt, anyone?

On November 27, 2019, Lawson Health Research Institute held the latest in its Café Scientifique event series, "The invisible world inside us: Exploring the human microbiome.”

The panel of researchers helped to unravel the mysteries about the micirobiome and how we are using that knowledge to improve health and health care.  They also busted some myths and shared the important facts when it comes to probiotics, prebiotics and the microbiome. 

Watch their talks: 





Probiotics and Prebiotics - Look beyond the fake news
Dr. Gregor Reid, Lawson Scientist and Professor of Microbiology & Immunology and Surgery at Western University.
Time stamp: 10:02

Fecal Transplants: What does this crap have to do with me?
Dr. Michael Silverman, Lawson Associate Scientist, Chair of Infectious Diseases, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University and Chief of Infectious Diseases for St. Joseph’s Health Care London and London Health Sciences Centre.
Time stamp: 31:48

Does eating bacteria make sense?
Dr. Jeremy Burton, Lawson Scientist and Assistant Professor of Surgery (Urology) and Microbiology & Immunology at Western University. 
Time stamp: 55:02

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Café Scientifique is a free community event series providing an informal opportunity to get involved with science. Through an open-forum discussion in a casual setting, these events address health-related issues of popular interest to the general public. A panel of three Lawson scientists talk about what they do and why, and share their unique research perspectives. Guests can then ask questions, participate in discussion, and gain insights from the speakers and from one another.