Aspiring Medics Evening Lecture series – Dr Louise Belfield on “Colonised: Life in the microbial empire”
Our speaker, Dr Louise Belfield is a lecturer in biomedical sciences at the Peninsula Dental School (Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry), with teaching interests including immunology, cell biology, cell signalling and microbiology. As well as her involvement in the planning and delivery of the new 5 year BDS degree, Louise also carries out research in oral immunology. Our evening will consist of one of Louise’s specialist research topics which will give us all a new insight into our own bacteria!
Microbial cells outnumber ours 10:1. Microbial genes outnumber ours 100:1: We are mostly microbe. In this lecture, we will explore the impact of our microscopic hitchhikers on our own health – how they can keep us well, how they can make us sick, and how we can work with them to build a mutually beneficial society. Visiting the most intriguing microbial niches in the human body, we will examine how researchers and clinicians are developing novel treatments and diagnostics by targeting the microbiome. Finally, we will look at what we can do to manage our microbes and live a healthy life in the microbial empire.
We do hope that you will be able to attend the evening, spaces are limited so please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.