Meeting Minutes - Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe - Gut Microbiota Research - May 2nd. 2019
President Martin Alderwick opened the meeting at 9:58 am with 45 members in attendance. He welcomed today’s presenter, Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe as well as a new guest, Bill Stevens. Additionally he welcomed into the Cub a new member, Bob Berry. There have been several new members join the Club in the last couple of months.
President Alderwick thanked the Speakers Committee for all the great speakers we’ve had to date with a wide variety of topics.
Activities – Ray Biffis - September 23rd has been booked for a night at the horseraces at Elora with a maximum of 30 attendees; - Guelph-Wellington Men’s Club has invited us on May 29th to hear Dr. David Johnston. A ticket is required to attend; - The Activities Committee is meeting on May 14th at 9:00 am at Angel’s Diner. If you would like to join the committee come to the meeting.
Coffee – Andy Curtis - Next Thurs., May 9th coffee will be at the Boathouse and the alternative meeting location is the Airpark Café.
Julian Sale provided a brief update on the status of Ed Herold who is still experiencing a lot of nerve issues but Julian stated he would really like to be here.
Julian introduced today’s guest speaker, Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe who spoke to us about four years ago. Bio:
Emma Allen-Vercoe (BSc (Hons.) Biochemistry, PhD Molecular Microbiology) is a Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, based in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Guelph, who studies the human gut microbiome in health and disease. As well as an active academic research program that studies many aspects of the gut microbiome from establishment of a healthy gut microbiome to imbalances in ecosystem ecology in episodes of colitis, Dr. Allen-Vercoe is the CSFO of NuBiyota, a company founded in 2013 to develop novel microbial ecosystem-based treatments to alleviate and correct the gut microbiota in disease.
Dr. Allen-Vercoe’s Presentationwill provide an overview of the importance of the gut microbiota (the collection of bacteria, viruses and yeasts that live in our gut) to health. She will then provide a digest (excuse the pun) of some of the more salient research that is currently emerging, linking the gut microbiota with several important chronic diseases, and will end with a discussion about a new paradigm in medicine - using gut microbes as drugs to treat a variety of conditions.
Dr. Allen-Vercoe began her presentation by informing us that her company, NUBIYOTA, is building a new building in the north end of Guelph. Her research is very much connected to what she is doing in the company. The company’s motto is “Better Ecosystem, Better Health.”
She began by saying that humans are a super organism of human and microbial cells. We exist in a very delicate balance of host in microbe equilibrium. Human health depends on understanding the delicate balance human biome. This biota is comprised of bacteria, yeasts, archaea, viruses and protists.
Editorial Note:Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe’s presentation and notes were presented in a very extensive PowerPoint presentation that can be viewed on the Membership website under links: MoreSpeaker’s Notes
Following her presentation Julian Sale thanked Dr. Allen-Verco and presented her with a token of the Club’s appreciation.
Next meeting: Thursday, May 16, 2019, with Dr. Robert W. Park - "Dying to Explore: The Archaeology of Sir John Franklin’s 3rd Arctic Expedition "