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S20B04 This Is Us II: Trust Your Gut

Dates: March 23, 2020

Meets: M from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Location: JMU Ice House Room 104

Registration Fee: $10.00

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Trust Your Gut - How Our Gut Microbiome Influences Our Mind, Metabolism, and Immune System

The flora of little creatures that comprise our microbiome are without a doubt our new best friends. A dysregulated microbiome has been implicated in colorectal cancer, autism spectrum disorders, obesity, intestinal infections, HIV susceptibility, chronic inflammatory disease, depression, and Type II diabetes, among many other maladies. And yet we continue to abuse and assault our microbiota with antibiotics, germophobic cleanliness, and diets rich in simple carbohydrates. We will learn exactly what makes up our microbiome and how to optimize its health, so that it can help us optimize our health.

Anne Henriksen is Faculty Emerita at James Madison University, where she was a professor in the Integrated Science and Technology Department for 19 years. Dr. Henriksen came to JMU from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she was a staff scientist for ten years. She received a PhD in chemical physics from the University of Virginia and an MBA in management science from the University of New Mexico. She has spent the last nine years studying neuroscience, neuropharmacology, neuroendocrinology, genomics, and bioinformatics. Her personal interest is understanding the important role of sex steroid hormones in the brain during all stages of life.
Fee: $10.00
Hours:10.00

JMU Ice House Room 104

127 W Bruce St
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

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