THE MICROBIOME SUMMIT
The New Path to Health
With all of the new discoveries about the microbiome being made, what can we expect in the future of medicine? What can we do now?
Invisible Microbial World of the Built Environment
Dr. Chris Lowry, PhD
There’s a large global trend in urbanization, and there are also large increases in inflammatory disorders. Coincidence? An emerging area of study is looking at how the microbiome of the built environment affects our health.
Diet, Farming & Lifestyle: Microbiome Impacts
Dr. Chris Lowry, PhD
A diverse microbiome is Important for overall health – but it’s becoming increasingly hard to cultivate a diverse microbiome due to modern farming practices. Learn helpful diet and lifestyle tips to introduce more diversity.
Brain-Gut-Microbiome Connection: Stress Impacts
Dr. Emeran Mayer, MD, PhD
Stress has been found to impact the gut microbiome. By making some lifestyle and dietary changes, it is possible to reduce stress – and its impact on the microbiome.
Gardening to Cultivate Your Microbiome
Anne Biklé, MLA
When a landscape architect set out to change the state of the soil in her garden, she ended up learning a lot more about microbes, how they communicate with our immune system, and our own cancer risk.
Our Connection to the Microbial World Around Us
Dr. Rob DeSalle, PhD
In the last five years, technology has allowed us to better understand the human microbiome – scientists have now identified and named 8,000 microbes and are learning more about their complex interactions each day.
Replenishing the Soil so It Replenishes Us
Dr. David R. Montgomery, PhD
Soil degradation is arguably the biggest, least recognized problem that humanity is facing today. Microbes are an important part of healthy soil. By nourishing the microbial life in soil, and cultivating the beneficial microbes that the plants naturally evolved with – soil can be made fertile again.
Communication System of the Gut-Brain Connection
Dr. Jane Foster, PhD
Research is moving quickly to discover more links between gut and brain disorders like autism, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety and depression – but there are also some challenges faced by researchers trying to unravel the mystery of the gut-brain relationship.
Ecological Farming & a Perspective on Organics
Dr. Sarah Hargreaves, PhD
An approach to farming called Ecological Farming studies the interactions between microbes and the soil. This approach to farming looks to maintain important ecosystems in food production and preserve the nutritional quality of the soil.
The Microbiome’s Potential for Diagnosis & Treatment
Dr. Curtis Huttenhower, PhD
By looking at microbes and disease – through data, researchers can better understand the microbes that are present or absent in various disease states, particularly autoimmune conditions.
Looking at Microbes Outside the Gut
Dr. Curtis Huttonhower, PhD
Can being in the right microbial state before treatment influence the outcome of the treatment? By using data to better understand the human microbiome, more effective diagnostic tools and therapies can be developed.
Future of Nutritional Psychiatry Research
Dr. Felice Jacka, PhD
Mental health issues are one of the largest drivers of global disability. Until we clean up the current food system – including marketing junk food to children – we will forever struggle with health and mental health issues.
The Role of Microbes in Aging
Dr. Brett Finlay, PhD
As we age, our microbes not only decrease in number, but also in overall diversity. This can contribute to inflammaging – the chronic, low grade inflammation that is epidemic in the later years of life.
Looking Ahead to the Future of Gastroenterology
Dr. Mark Silverberg, MD, PhD
What can we expect in the future for gastroenterology? How will our understanding of the microbiome influence this field of medicine? The microbes that make up our microbiome can have such far reaching effects throughout the entire body.
Exploring Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
Dr. Talia Zenlea, MD
Bloating is often a symptom of microbes growing in the wrong place. This condition is called small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), and it can be challenging to diagnose and treat. Learn about the value of testing for this condition and considerations for treatment.
Fecal microbial transplant, a novel approach to treating C.difficile infection
Dr. Talia Zenlea, MD
C. difficile is an example of dysbiosis – and it also so happens to be an infection that can be treated by manipulating the microbiome. Learn about one of these successful manipulations – fecal microbial transplant (FMT), also known as “poop pills.”
The American Gut Project
Dr. Daniel McDonald, PhD
Founded in 2012, The American Gut Project is a crowd sourced and crowd funded project that it is considered “citizen science.” It allows anyone to participate, and all data collected is a part of public domain. At this time, The American Gut Project has received samples from individuals from 45 different countries. In this interview, you will learn about some of the major findings so far.