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Gut feeling: how bacteria influence our wellbeing

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 18:15 (doors open 18:00), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

At this year’s EMBL-EBI Science and Society event at Anglia Ruskin University we explore the impact of bacteria on human health. Bacteria are everywhere, they surround us in the environment, they permeate our skin and they live inside us. Their presence and that of other microorganisms on and in us can strongly influence our wellbeing for better or worse. An evening of talks and lively discussion will be led by experts in the field: Paul O’Toole, Simon Carding and Emma Allen-Vercoe. We will introduce the concept of the microbiome and explore the complex relationship between humans and our gut bacteria, address the possible applications for altering our gut microbiome and exchange ideas about the social and ethical implications of these modifications.


Chair: Pedro Beltrao





Welcome and introduction

Halldór Stefánsson, Science & Society Programme Manager, EMBL-EBI


The hitchhiker’s guide to gut bacteria 

Paul O'Toole, Professor of Microbial Genomics, University College Cork


Gut bacteria and mind control

Simon Carding, Head of Gut Health and Food Safety Research Programme, Institute of Food Research


‘Rebooting’ the microbiome: managing your microbes, for better or for worse?

Emma Allen-Vercoe, Associate Professor, University of Guelph


Q&A with the panel



Refreshments: wine, beer, soft drinks and nibbles


Attendance is free and open to all.

More information on the EMBL-EBI website