The human body has trillions of cells, but only about 1/10th of those cells are actually human. The rest are microbes that live in and on our bodies, and collectively they’re called the “human microbiome,” and we couldn’t survive without them. They make vitamins for us, help us digest food, and battle disease-causing microbes, and they may influence our behavior, particularly in what and how much we eat. However, disturbances to the gut microbiome, perhaps through antibiotic overuse, have been associated with obesity, asthma, and autism. Understanding how a body’s microbiome is unbalanced or not functioning optimally may help lead to new and unusual treatments such as use of probiotics, prebiotics, and fecal transplants. (Really.)
At this Science on Tap, Dr. Lisa Sardinia, pacificu.edu/about-us/faculty/lisa-sardinia-phd-jd
, associate professor of biology at Pacific University, will explain what the microbiome is, how it can get out of balance, and how we may be able to restore health by deliberately changing the kinds or numbers of microbes that share our bodies.
Back by popular demand! This is a repeat of the sold-out event held at the Clinton Street Theater on April 4.
DATE: Monday, July 17, 2017
TIME: Doors at 6:00 p.m. event at 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: 3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, Ore.
COST: $13* general admission, $8 students with ID (minors under 21 with parent/guardian only)
Buy tickets online (see link above) or at the Alberta Rose Box office
FOOD & DRINK: Beer, wine, popcorn, hand pies, and an assortment of sweets and snacks available.
*A note on the ticket price: Science on Tap is largely supported by money collected at the door, and this theater is larger and more expensive than our regular venues. We are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if the ticket price is a hardship for you, please contact [email protected]
for reduced-price tickets.