The second webinar is entitled Human Milk: Mother Nature's Prototypical Probiotic Food by Dr. Michelle McGuire (Washington State University).
Tuesday March 21, 4 pm EST/Wednesday, March 22: 8 am AEDT (Sydney); 10 am NZDT (Wellington).
Registration Required (Free)
The first webinar was entitled Protecting the Human Superorganism by Dr. Rodney Dietert (Cornell University Professor of Immunotoxicology).
Tuesday Jan 24, 4 pm EST/Wednesday, Jan 25: 8 am AEDT (Sydney); 10 am NZDT (Wellington).
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Abstract: Human safety evaluation and risk assessment are predicated on modeling, evaluating, estimating, and then responding to the likelihood of adverse outcomes from exposure to environmental chemicals, food, physical agents (e.g., radiation), pathogens, and drugs. Fundamental to the process has been the assumption that the target organism being protected via the applications of safety evaluation and risk assessment is the mammalian human. Until recently, little-to-no attention was directed toward the role of thousands of non-mammalian, human-inhabiting species collectively known as the human microbiome. Yet, humans in their normal, healthiest state are by some measures a majority-microbial superorganism with a slight majority of microbial to mammalian cells and an even larger disparity among genes. Additionally, because the microbiome resides at the boundary between humans and their environment, it serves as a gatekeeper engaging microbial pathogens, chemicals and drugs before they reach human mammalian cells. Protection of the newly-defined human superorganism requires a re-thinking of what has been a largely mammalian-centric environmental health focus. This webinar presentation considers how microbiome status drives human health risk and needs to be a centerpiece of NextGen risk assessment.