Webinar: The Human Microbiome: Impact on Health and Disease

Join Dr. George Weinstock, expert on the human microbiome, as he discusses current research demonstrating the impact of the human microbiome on health and disease.

The human microbiome comprises all of the microorganisms living within the human body. This diverse collection of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other eukaryotic microbes forms communities adapted to the varied human body site environments. These communities are highly integrated with the host resulting in benefits such as increased genetic capabilities for metabolism or protection against detrimental organisms. We are only beginning to fathom the extent and mechanisms of these benefits. Conversely, when microbial communities get out of balance, such as when an organism overgrows or when resident microbes provoke defensive responses from the host, disease can result. During this webinar, Dr. Weinstock will present case studies showing the impact of the human microbiome on health and disease and then answer your questions on this exciting topic.

Meet the Presenter

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George Weinstock, Ph.D

Professor and Director of Microbial Genomics
The Jackson Laboratory

Dr. George Weinstock is a Professor and Associate Director of Microbial Genomics at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine where he leads a research team focused on the genomic studies of infectious diseases and the human microbiome.  Both in the past and currently, Dr. Weinstock and his research team have played a leading role in the NIH Human Microbiome Project, including both basic science and clinical studies. Dr. Weinstock and his team collaborate extensively with clinicians to apply genomic analyses to a wide range of medical problems. The goal of their research is to determine the role of the microbiome in health and disease with the aim of providing new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.  Prior to joining The Jackson Laboratory, Dr. Weinstock served as the co-director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston,Texas. In this role, he co-led the Human Genome Project and also directed several human and mammalian genetics projects aimed at determining the genetic causes of conditions such as Retinitis Pigmentosa, Cleft Lip, susceptibility to infection, or the role of host genetics in control of the microbiome. 


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