Listed here are upcoming and recent events organized by AllerGen and/or its partners, or that are otherwise of relevance to the Network.
Events in September 2019
- - Let Them Eat Dirt
Let Them Eat DirtRio Theatre1660 E BroadwayVancouver BC,
Allergies, obesity, asthma, intestinal disorders, auto-immune diseases, and diabetes are all on the rise, with some even doubling every ten years. New research points to changes in the complex ecosystem of microbes that live on and inside every one of us – our microbiota – as a major cause. But how could microorganisms that live in your gut affect the odds you’ll develop asthma, a disease of the lungs – or diabetes, a metabolic disorder?
LET THEM EAT DIRT: The Hunt For Our Kid’s Missing Microbes connects with young families, researchers, and doctors to sleuth out what’s harming our microbiota and learn what we can do to reverse this dangerous trend.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A, moderated by renowned journalist Kathryn Gretsinger, with Dr. Brett Finlay and Emmy Award-Winning producer Rivkah Beth Medow.
- - An Evening with Brett Finlay
An Evening with Brett FinlayVancouver Island Conference Centre, Shaw Auditorium101 Gordon StreetNanaimo, BC,
Dr. B. Brett Finlay, PhD, a professor of microbiology at the University of British Columbia and a world leader in how bacterial infections work, will present his new documentary Let Them Eat Dirt and discuss the influence of our bodies’ microbiome on our health. Based on the best scientific literature published to date —including the authors’ cutting-edge work— Let Them Eat Dirt will change the way you view dirt and food, and empower you to give your kids a healthier start in life. There is much that parents can do about this, including breastfeeding if possible, getting a dog, and avoiding antibiotics unless necessary—and yes, it is OK to let kids get a bit dirty.