Hi, welcome to the introductory lecture to Microbiota: Agents for Health and Disease.
My name is Brett Finlay,
and I'm from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
This is a fascinating series,
which looks at several aspects of the role of the microbiota,
both in their contribution to our health as well as disease.
This area has exploded recently in information,
and nearly every day,
we are finding something fascinating and new about
how these microbiota interface with our bodies.
This series consists of several talks by experts in the field
detailing many different issues and areas associated with the microbiota.
The purpose of this first lecture is to provide
a general overview to the series and introduce the topic.
For those of you that are specialists in microbiota already,
I urge you to go to the individual talks as this lecture is more of an overview.
However, in this lecture,
we will tackle several aspects of microbiota and just provide a tasting of
the various contributions these organisms play in both health and disease.
We will also discuss potential ways that we might be
able to manipulate these organisms for
our benefit as well as how they interface with the immune system and its development.
At the end of this lecture,
you will have a much better understanding in the general sense of how
the microbiota affect us and how they play
important roles in both our health and our disease.
To get this series started,