“Using Microbes as Medicine: Microbial Ecosystems Therapeutics”
This presentation will introduce the audience to the human gut microbiota, and its pivotal role in the maintenance of health. The collateral effects of antibiotics on this microbial ecosystem will be illustrated by the example of antibiotic-associated colitis. A new paradigm in medicine, microbial ecosystem therapeutics, designed to correct ecosystem damage, will also be introduced.
Attendees will learn:
That gut microbiota is critical to human health and exists in a delicate state of balance.
That antibiotic use can irreversibly damage the microbial equilibrium resulting in disease.
A novel and effective approach to curing disease lies in restitution of the microbial ecosystem.