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Seminar - At Home With Your Microbes, New Friends Everywhere

Seminar - At Home With Your Microbes, New Friends Everywhere

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  • Wed 28 Jun ’17, 12:00pm – 1:00pm


City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Speaker: Julian Crane

The collection of microscopic organisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses that lives in and on our bodies is called the microbiome. The human microbiome (all of our microbes’ genes) can be considered a counterpart to the human genome (all of our genes). Unlike our genome which we are born with and can’t change, our microbiome can be changed simply by changing what we eat.

But what do we really know about our community of microbes? And what role does it play in our immune system? Come along and hear about the recent developments and understanding of our microbial environment both internal and external and how it shapes our immunity.

Julian Crane is a research professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Wellington. He is Co-Director of He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme and Director of the Wellington Asthma Research Group. Julian’s research interests include epidemiological studies of asthma and allergic disease and the respiratory health effects of housing.

He is a member of the steering group for the large international study of asthma in children, the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC). Julian is a member of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and The European Respiratory Society.

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