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PHO Microbiology Rounds: Using a Bioreactor to Understand Human Gut Microbiome Dynamics
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 661 University Ave. 17th Floor, Toronto ON M5G 1M1 - Boardroom 17-53
Chronic Diseases and Injuries; Laboratory Testing and Sciences
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Rounds: Microbiology
Format: In Person; Webinar
Please note: This is an open invitation and may be forwarded to interested parties.
The human gut microbiome contains trillions of microbial cells representing hundreds of species.  This microbial ecosystem exists in an equilibrium. An upset of this balance, usually caused by species loss, is associated with C. difficile infection as well as a growing number of chronic diseases.  Attempts to repair the equilibrium have been made by applying microbes back into the ecosystem. One way of doing this is through transfering stools from healthy donors  (Fecal Microbial Transfer).  More recently, newer approaches have been developed using defined microbial consortia (two or more microbial groups living symbiotically). But how do we know what to put into these defined consortia to make them useful?  In this session Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe will present her work focusing on understanding  host and donor microbes interaction and the consequences of these interactions, helping to inform developing the next generation of ‘microbial ecosystem therapeutics’.   
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
•Understand the complexity of the gut microbiome and its impact on health; 
•Identify the major ecological drivers that shape a host gut microbiome;
•Understand how ecology principles might be used to inform future ‘microbial ecosystem therapeutics’.

Presenter: Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe

Dr. Allen-Vercoe completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the Central Veterinary Laboratories (now Veterinary Laboratories Agency) and the Centre for Applied and Microbiological Research (CAMR, now the Health Protection Agency) in the  United Kingdom. Her research interests include understanding the normal human microbiota, its influence on human health and disease and the manipulation of this system for treatment purposes. 
Please note that you will receive details on how to join the webinar after registering for this event.
Public Health Ontario Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI). For more information, contact


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