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About the Session

Did you know that your bodies are made of as many bacterial as human cells? That’s right, there are approximately 10 trillion bacteria that call your body home.  Turns out, this collection of bacteria referred to as the microbiome is involved in everything from preventing inflammation to making you attractive to a potential mate! If you treat them right, that is. Do you exercise? Enjoy a diet Coke with lunch? Have a pet at home? Eat cabbage? Live in hot or cold weather conditions? All of these factors and more may contribute to the composition and health of your microbial friends. During this session, a panel of BWH experts will discuss a range of research topics related to the microbiome including how they might affect the growth and development of babies, how your microbiome could influence whether you develop food or other allergies, how they might affect your reproductive health, and how it might be possible to alter your microbiome via fecal transplants.

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  • Kate Gregory, PhD
    Assitant Professor of Pediatrics, BWH


  • Jessica Allegretti, MD, MPH
    Instructor of Medicine, BWH


  • Raina Fichorova, MD, PhD
    Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, BWH


  • Duane Wesemann, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, BWH


  • Ashley Meredith
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