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DEBATE: THE FUTURE OF OUR MICROBIOMES AND HEALTH

120 min

Did you know that the overuse of antibiotics, elective C-sections and processed foods can drive the destruction of our inner ecology? We will be discussing what is leading to the loss of our ancestral microbes. These tiny “bugs” that evolved alongside us for 200,000 years and are collectively called our microbiome keep us healthy by regulating our immune systems and digesting our food. But over the last half century they’ve been rapidly vanishing at the same time we’ve seen skyrocketing increases in life-threatening diseases like asthma, food allergies, obesity and diabetes. Is the destruction of our microbiome making us sick? Top Danish researchers discuss the current zeitgeist of our gut health: Microbiology and Senior Researcher, MD, Jakob Stokholm, COPSAC, Gentofte Hospital, Metabolic Science in Culture associate professor Adam Bencard and PHD fellow in the Center for Evolutionary Hologenomics Luisa Santos Bay. Moderator: Professor in microbiology, Dennis Sandris Nielsen, Department of Food Science, University of Copenhagen