Mar
9
2:00 PM14:00

Fulvio D'Acquisto - The immunological side of emotions and feelings. What’s s..t got to do with it?

Fulvio D'Acquisto is Professor of Immunopharmacology, Deputy Director of the Centre for Biochemical Pharmacology and Biomedical Research Theme Lead for the Life Science Institute at the William Harvey Research Institute, QMUL.

Professor D'Acquisto has, amongst other work, developed the concept of 'affective immunology'; and he is also involved in a multidisciplinary research forum concerned with "shit" as a metaphor in life.


Location: The Roy Griffiths Room, Keble College, Oxford.

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Feb
15
2:00 PM14:00

Hannah Landecker - The Food of our Food: Microbial Lessons From the History of Growth Promoters

Hannah Landecker is the Director of UCLA's Institute for Society and Genetics. With a background in Science and Technology Studies, her work explores both the history of, and contemporary developments in, the life sciences - with a particular focus on the metabolic sciences.

Location: The Roy Griffiths Room, Keble College, Oxford.

Abstract: After a century of nutrition science primarily focused on questions of growth, microbiome science is reorienting the way we looks at eaters, eating, and ecology.  However, this is not just a change of concepts or ideas; we are increasingly coming to realize that microbiomes are historical, culturally, and materially shaped by the chemical and nutritive milieu that humans have built over the twentieth century. This talk explores current research into the metabolic functions of the human microbiome, and uses these insights to think about how and why microbiomes today are in part products of human social history.  In particular, I focus on the history of development of arsenic and arsenical medications, whose use in animal husbandry was established in the early 1940s and set the stage for the later introduction of antibiotics as growth promoters.  The long arc of arsenical use allows insight into how past practices in animal feeding focused on growth promotion are impacting present microbial ecologies in animal and human bodies, via rather unexpected routes.  

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Feb
2
2:00 PM14:00

Andrew Singer - Implications of policy on AMR in the environment, and vice versa

Andrew Singer is a pollution scientist at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, with a particular interest in how pollution affects microbial ecology in the environment. In this talk, Andrew will be considering the implications of current policies for anti-microbial resistance in the wider environment (and vice versa).

Location: The Roy Griffiths Room, Keble College, Oxford. 

 

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