The Microbiome
You have up to ten times as many microbial cells in and on your body as you have human cells. Discover how the cells that make up our microbiome can impact everything from mood, weight, sleep patterns, allergies and more.
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Date: 1/19/2018
Food is medicine. That insight inspired the late rancher and developer Dick Krupp to endow one of the largest funds of its kind to support integrative nutrition research at UC San Diego. As Gordon Saxe, MD, the director of UCSD's Center for Integrative Nutrition and others explain, the Krupp-funded projects focus on how diet and natural therapeutics can help reduce or cure common health problems. Among the projects featured feeding cancer patients congee, a grain-based porridge to ease the side effects of chemotherapy, a study led by Caitlin Costello, MD, of the Moores Cancer Center. Also, Sanjay Agarwal, MD, looks at the impact of a healthy diet on women who suffer from endometriosis. And finally, Robert Weinreb, MD, the director of the Shiley Eye Institute, introduces a new field of medicine called Integrative Ophthalmology. All agree: what you eat matters!

Date: 12/22/2017
Expert panel explores the relation of food insecurity, stress and nutrition. Panelists: Janet Tomiyama, UCLA The Stigma of Obesity; Deborah Cohen, RAND Corporation Stress and Built Environments; Barbara Laraia, UC Berkeley Food Insecurity During Pregnancy; Annie Gupta, UCLA Stress, Food, and Reward System; Emeran Mayer, UCLA- Stress and Microbiome. Recorded on 10/25/2017.

Date: 11/3/2017
In discussing his new book, "Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs For Your Child's Developing Immune System," author and UC San Diego Professor of Pediatrics and Computer Science & Engineering Rob Knight explains how the microbiome works and offers guidance for parents on boosting their children's health. Knight is presented by the Library Channel at UC San Diego. Recorded on 10/24/2017.

Date: 7/6/2017
On our current trajectory, 300 million excess deaths will occur due to antibiotic resistance to by 2050. What can be done change our path and stop superbugs in their tracks? Victor Nizet, MD discusses the roots and scope of the problem as well as novel solutions.

Date: 5/26/2017
Rob Knight, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics at the UC San Diego School of Medicine warns against the consumption of artificially colored foods. Knight promotes the genetic benefits of eating brightly colored natural foods.

Date: 3/3/2017
Rob Knight explores the unseen microbial world that exists literally right under our noses -- and everywhere else on (and in) our bodies. He discusses the important influence the microbiome may have on the aging process and many end-of-life diseases.

Date: 2/1/2017
Learning computer science and engineering by building remotely controlled quadcopters, groundbreaking research into the human microbiome, understanding geysers, high-tech approaches to sustainable agriculture, the work of the Berkeley Laboratories, and a very smart puppy, all on this edition of On Beyond.

Date: 11/25/2016
The microbiome has great impact on your health. But as Rob Knight of UC San Diego demonstrates, the good news you have the power to alter it. Learn more about microbiome discoveries, synthetic microbes, what a healthy microbiome looks like and how the Human Microbiome Project is making this happen. Recorded on 09/10/2016.

Date: 10/17/2016
The Sages & Scientists Symposium presents "Health Science" with William Mobley, MD, Chair of the UC San Diego Dept. of Neuroscience; "The Microbiome and Health" with Rob Knight, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics at the UC San Diego School of Medicine; and "Biofield" with Shamini Jain, PhD, Asst. Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego. Recorded on 09/10/2016.

Date: 10/7/2016
Renewable chemicals derived from plant biomass are attractive alternatives to those made from petroleum. To make them on the necessary scale chemical engineer Michelle O'Malley is looking at the digestive tract of large herbivores in order to engineer anaerobic gut microbes for improved biomass breakdown and chemical production. Recorded on 06/28/2016.

Date: 9/23/2016
A profile of Rob Knight, recipient of the 2015 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science for his work to understand the human microbiome and its role in human health. Recorded on 06/20/2016.

Date: 9/16/2016
Dr. Mimi Guarneri, President of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, explains the importance of probiotics to your total health, and speculates about the future of microbiome-related medicine.

Date: 4/18/2016
The Scripps Research Institute's Dennis Wolan takes you on a fascinating exploration of the human body's ecosystem and the myriad symbiotic relations found there that sustain and affect everything from immunity to behavior, and how his lab "mines" this microbiome for potential therapies.

Date: 4/4/2016
UC San Diego Qualcomm Institute's Larry Smarr, noted authority in information technology and high-performance computing hosts a discussion with UC San Diego's Rob Knight, leading expert on microbiomes and bioinformatics who is widely renowned for his early and innovative investigations of the symbiotic relationships between microbial life and humans, about how the unique cyberinfrastructure resources for Big Data at UC San Diego will drive applications in the new frontier of microbiome research.

Date: 3/14/2016
Interest in the human microbiome has moved quickly from frontier science to public awareness. Larry Smarr, Director of CalIT2 at UC San Diego, describes the ways he uses technology to gather body data to track his internal biomarkers and how microbiome research is blossoming at UC San Diego. Recorded on 01/20/2016.

Date: 1/29/2016
Elissa Epel, Director of the Center for Obesity Assessment, Study, & Treatment, (COAST) at UCSF opens the 2015 conference. Recorded on 12/10/2015.

Date: 1/29/2016
Rob Knight is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, with an additional appointment in the Department of Computer Science, at UC San Diego. Recorded on 12/10/2015.

Date: 1/29/2016
Susan Lynch, PhD. Associate Professor, Medicine/Gastroenterology, UC San Francisco. Recorded on 12/10/2015.

Date: 1/29/2016
Dr. Emeran Mayer, an expert on the clinical and neurobiological aspects of the gut-brain axis, is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Physiology and Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress, and Co-director of the CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center. Recorded on 12/10/2015.

Date: 1/29/2016
Sugar-sweetened beverages are the single largest source of added sugar in the American diet and provide no nutritional value. UCSF now only sells zero-calorie beverages or non-sweetened drinks with nutritional value, such as milk and 100% juice in its onsite eateries, including cafeterias, vending machines and retail locations. Recorded on 12/10/2015.

Date: 1/29/2016
Humans are each home to trillions of microbes that have a widespread impact on our physiology and predisposition to disease. Peter Turnbaugh, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, UCSF, explains. Recorded on 12/10/2015.

Date: 1/29/2016
Panel discussion and final remarks from Dr. Robert Lustig at the 2015 symposium. Recorded on 12/10/2015.

Date: 12/4/2015
This symposium brings together scientists representing evolutionary biology, genetics, dermatology, anthropology, and physiology to share their knowledge and questions about human skin in an explicitly evolutionary framework. UC San Diego's Rob Knight begins with a discussion about Ecology and Evolution of the Skin Microbiome, followed by Mark Stoneking on Of Lice and Men: The Molecular Evolution of Human Lice, and Chris Kuzawa on Subcutaneous Fat in Humans.

Date: 12/4/2015
In this presentation UC San Diego's Rob Knight describes some of the functions of the human skin microbiome, how it and its complex chemical repertoire differ from that of other animals that have been studied, including chimpanzees, dogs, amphibians and reptiles, and what we are starting to learn about how microbiomes evolve into specialized evolutionary niches.

Date: 6/19/2015
Larry Smarr and Rob Knight of UC San Diego present research using big data and other innovative tools to understand the human microbiome and to demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between microbial life and humans. This plenary talk is part of the 2015 Cavendish Global Impact Forum. Recorded on 05/11/2015.
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