So what’s next in line at the Foundation? August has been jokingly baptized as the “icky month”, the Featured Lecture for this August “The promise of the microbiome in human gastrointestinal health” promises to introduce us to the array and role of microbes in our gastrointestinal tract.
Presented by Karen Nelson, Ph.D., the lecture will discuss the high degree of microbial diversity within and across individuals. Studying healthy and diseased human populations, their microbiomes and metabolites, presents significant new opportunities for defining novel diagnostics and therapeutic approaches for diseases. Studies of the gastrointestinal tract in particular are allowing us to better understand the role of microbes in educating the immune system response to infectious agents. This is pertinent to diseases such as gastrointestinal cancers, Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and various autoimmune disease conditions.
About the Speaker
Dr. Karen Nelson is the President of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) where she has worked for the past 18 years. Prior to being appointed President, she held a number of other positions at the Institute, including Director of JCVI’s Rockville Campus, and Director of Human Microbiology and Metagenomics in the Department of Human Genomic Medicine at the JCVI. Dr. Nelson has extensive experience in microbial ecology, microbial genomics, microbial physiology and metagenomics. Ongoing studies in her group include metagenomic approaches to study the ecology of the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals, studies on the relationship between the microbiome and various human and animal disease conditions, reference genome sequencing and analysis primarily for the human body.
So make sure you save the date: August 5th, 2015, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. For more information and to register, visit www.howellfoundation.org. We certainly look forward to seeing you there!
About the Doris A. Howell Foundation:
The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research is committed to keeping the women we love healthy, advancing women’s health through research and educating women to be catalysts for improving family health in the community.
The organization does so by funding scholarships to scientists researching issues affecting women’s health; providing a forum for medical experts, scientists, doctors, researchers, and authors to convey the timely information on topics relevant to women’s health and the health of their families through its Lecture and Evening Series, and by funding research initiatives that will create women’s health awareness and advocacy in the community.