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Rodney R. Dietert, PhD

  • Speaker Type: The Microbiome in the Perinatal Period
  • Country: United States

Rodney Dietert is Professor of Immunotoxicology at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA and author of the 2016 book: The Human Superorganism: How the Microbiome Is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life from Dutton Penguin Random House. Rodney is in his 40th year Cornell University faculty. He received his Ph.D. in immunogenetics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977. Rodney has more than 300 publications, including 200 papers and book chapters, with most concerning environmental risk factors, developmental immunotoxicity, and programming of later-life, non-communicable diseases.

Recently, he has focused on the importance of the microbiome in health and safety. Among his prior authored and edited books are: Strategies for Protecting Your Child's Immune System (World Scientific Publishing, 2010), Immunotoxicity Testing (Springer, 2010), Immunotoxicity, Immune Dysfunction, and Chronic Disease (Springer, 2012) and Science Sifting: Tools for Innovation in Science and Technology (World Scientific, 2013). Rodney previously directed Cornell's Graduate Program in Immunology, the Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors and the Institute for Comparative and Environmental Toxicology and served as a Senior Fellow in the Cornell Center for the Environment. Outside Cornell, he was President of the Immunotoxicology Specialty Section (SOT) and Editor of Springer’s toxicology book series, Molecular and Integrative Toxicology. Recently, Rodney appeared in the 2014 award-winning documentary film on the microbiome titled, Microbirth. In 2015, he received the James G Wilson Award from The Teratology Society for the Best Paper of Year (2014) with a peer-reviewed publication on the microbiome.

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The Perinatal Microbiome as a Target for Health Risk Reduction
Humans are now recognized as being majority microbial based both on numbers of cells and numbers of genes. We are estimated to be approximately 57% microbial in cells and more than 99% genetically microbial. Taken a as whole, the bacteria, archaea, protozoa, viruses, and fungi that live on and in our body are called our microbiome. Most of the baby’s microbiome is seeded at or near birth and during early infant feeding making the perinatal period a critical time for human self-completion. Because of their location on and in our body and their capacity for metabolism, cell signaling and epigenetic regulation of the body’s physiological systems, our microbial co-partners can exert a major effect on human development, physiological function (e.g., neurological, immune, endocrine, respiratory, gastrointestinal) and risk of both noncommunicable and infectious diseases. The lecture will detail why management of the perinatal microbiome is critical for health risk reduction.