UBC IN EXCELLENCE RESEARCH LECTURE
Brett Finlay, OC, OBC, Professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories, and the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Microbiology and Immunology, UBC
For the past 100 years we have been waging war on germs to decrease microbial infections. This has worked spectacularly, but we now realize that many beneficial microbes have also been removed. Recent science shows that early life microbial exposure is critical for normal development, and without it Western lifestyle diseases such as asthma, allergies, obesity, diabetes, brain disorders, and inflammatory bowel diseases are increased. We will discuss early childhood microbial exposure and how it impacts on both health and disease, as well as some practical suggestions about how to expose children with beneficial microbes while still maintaing hygiene.
Dr. Finlay’s research interests are focussed on host-microbe interactions, at the molecular level. By combining cell biology with microbiology, he has been at the forefront of the field called Cellular Microbiology, making several fundamental discoveries in this area, and publishing over 460 papers. His laboratory studies several pathogenic bacteria, including Salmonella and pathogenic E. coli, and more recently microbiota. He is well recognized internationally for his work, and has won numerous prestigious awards. Dr. Finlay is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, is a Member of the German National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Microbiology, and Chair d'État, Collège de France. He is the co-author of the book Let Them Eat Dirt. This lecture is cosponsored by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.
This lecture is free and does not require registration.