Microbiome: Why a few trillion germs can be a good thing

Trillions of bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi live in and around our bodies. Together, they make up the microbiome, which has been called the largest organ in the human body and been linked to a range of health issues, from asthma to diabetes to inflammatory bowel disease to obesity. Join Paul Kubes and Kathy McCoy, professors at UCalgary’s Cumming School of Medicine and researchers at the Western Canadian Microbiome Centre, as they share the science of the microbiome and why it holds the key to better health for all of us.

Cracking the genetic code for better health

Advances in genomics – the study of genes and their functions – are allowing researchers (and eventually physicians) to customize health care and treat individuals according to their genetic makeup. Join Dr. Francois Bernier, an expert in rare diseases, as he explains how genetic sequencing, a “precision medicine” approach, can give physicians more tools to understand what their patients need and to provide highly personalized, precise care.

Recorded April 4, 2017

A faster way to treat stroke

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in Canada. UCalgary researchers have now found a ground-breaking procedure developed through a clinical trial, which drastically reduces the likelihood of death or disability for stroke patients. Join Dr. Michael Hill and Dr. Mayank Goyal, two of the key researchers behind this breakthrough, as they shed light on how the procedure helps treat stroke and provides them with better chances of recovery.

Recorded March 21, 2017

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