At the invitation of Canada School of Public Service, Dr. Carolina Tropini, CIFAR fellow and assistant professor in UBC’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology presented a segment of “Canada at the Cutting Edge of Innovation” on November 23, 2021.
“We can’t understand the microbiota without putting it into the context of our broader human ecosystem,” says Tropini as she sets the stage for her presentation. “Part of the reason that this is the case is that in the lab, we study a variety of chronic diseases that are really involved with the microbiota. And over the years we’ve been learning that the root cause of a lot of these so-called modern diseases – here I’m thinking about inflammatory bowel diseases, diabetes, allergy or obesity are really rooted in our changed lifestyle.”
She goes on to explain the role of microbes in human health, with a focus on the impacts of industrialization.
The recording below runs 57 minutes.