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Columbia Grand Rounds Features Discussion on the Microbiome

Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health’s October Grand Rounds features a talk on the Microbiome by Dr. Ryan Demmer, assistant professor of Epidemiology; Dr. Jeff Shaman, associate professor of Environmental Health Sciences; and Dr. Brent Williams, assistant professor of Pathology and Cell Biology in the Center for Infection and Immunity. The theme of the 2016-17 Dean’s Ground Rounds on the Future of Public Health is Team Science for the Public’s Health. The lecture takes place on October 26.

Dr. Demmer is an epidemiologist who studies chronic disease risk factors. At Grand Rounds, he will discuss the potential role of the digestive tract microbiome as a risk factor for cardiometabolic disease. Dr. Shaman is a climate and health expert who focuses on research issues that are at the intersection of global environmental change, air pollution, human health, and policy. He develops mathematical and statistical systems for generating forecasts of infectious disease outbreaks at a range of time scales and will speak on his ‘Virome of Manhattan’ project. Dr. Williams applies state-of-the-art sequencing and computational techniques to gain insights on host-microbe relationships and will discuss the vaginal microbiome and its role in genital tract inflammation and HIV acquisition.

The lecture is open to the public and held on the Columbia University Medical campus, Alumni Auditorium, 650 West 168 Street, NYC 10032. A reception follows.

Talks are also broadcast live online. Participate using Participate using #TeamScience on Twitter. For more information visit: Grand Rounds 2016