Science for All Seasons 2013
Due to popular demand, the Broad Institute is expanding its public lecture series beyond the summer! Science for All Seasons gives you a chance to explore hot topics in genomics with leading experts from the Broad Institute. Find out what key advances, new technologies, and the latest findings mean for you in this free and open lecture series.
2013 Lecture Schedule:
The genetics of obsessive compulsive disorder in dogs -
and what it means for humans
Different as we may seem, humans and dogs suffer from many of the same debilitating psychiatric diseases—including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
For both species, current medical treatments have proven ineffective, in large part due to a lack of understanding the roots of the disease. But an exciting collaborative effort between Broad scientists and thousands of dog owners is unraveling the genetic underpinnings of human and canine OCD, cancer, and much more. In this compelling presentation, the Broad’s Elinor Karlsson will discuss recent advances in determining the genetic causes of OCD in dogs, and implications for OCD therapies in humans.
Thursday, November 7, 6-7:15pm
Guts & bugs in health and disease
Our bodies are host to trillions of microorganisms, many of which reside in our digestive system. This tiny population, known as the gut microbiome, mostly functions to aid digestion or repress the growth of harmful bacteria. But imbalances in these same bacterial species have also been linked to inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, and even cancer. Broad senior associate member and renowned gastroenterologist Ramnik Xavier will discuss the link between gut microbiome and our health.
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