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Conversations about the human microbiome

  • Event – Presentation; free admission
  • In English with simultaneous translation in French

The human body is home to trillions of microbes; in fact, we have more microbial cells than human ones! These microbes affect our digestion, fight off disease, and can even influence our mood.

Learn more in these special “gut talks” presented by experts from the University of Calgary.

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Diet and prebiotics: Happy gut, happy life

February 6, 2020
The gut microbiota is a powerful community of microbes that influence our health and susceptibility to certain diseases. University of Calgary Professor and Registered Dietitian, Dr. Raylene Reimer, will discuss the influence of diet and prebiotics (“fertilizer” for healthy gut bacteria) in counteracting disruptions to gut microbiota.
Cost: free
Reserve  now.
Walk-in tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.


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Let them eat dirt: Childhood and the microbiome

March 12, 2020
The millions of microbes that live in our bodies influence childhood development. University of Calgary microbiologist Marie-Claire Arrieta, Ph.D., will explain how an imbalance in those microbes—for example, through antibiotic overuse, hyper-cleanliness and poor diet—impacts children’s health, leading to an increase in obesity, asthma, and other chronic conditions. Dr. Arrieta is a co-author of Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World. The event includes a documentary screening and book-signing.
Cost: free
Tickets will be available on February 20.

Past Events

Our lifestyles, our microbes: The hidden connection

January 16, 2020
Explore the relationship between our microbes and the human body. Dr. Kathy McCoy, Scientific Director of the International Microbiome Centre at the University of Calgary, will discuss the effect of modern lifestyles on the human gut, and how an imbalance in our microbes may influence many diseases or disorders, such as allergies, autoimmunity and autism.
Cost: free


This natureIDEAS series is geared towards adults.

In English.
Simultaneous translation in French will be provided throughout the presentation. Please bring your cellphone and headphones.


January 16, February 6 and March 12

7 pm – 8 pm