Concordia University

Public lecture series

We have at least two Public Lectures a year, inviting prominent scientists to give a lecture for the scientifically interested public. We attract usually between 300 and 500 people. After the lecture there is also an opportunity for audience members to meet the speaker on the premises of the Science College at a reception organized by the students. The audience consists of students, academics and mainly interested members of the public.

Upcoming lectures

Let them eat dirt: healthy living with our microbes?
By Dr B. Brett Finlay

TIME: March 8, 2018, 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m

Oscar Peterson Concert Hall Concordia University 7141 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal

Ever since Robert Koch and Louis Pasteur showed that germs cause infectious diseases, society has been at war with microbes.   This remarkable hygiene battle has had spectacular health benefits.  Life expectancy has risen dramatically; infant mortality over the past century has plummeted. Yet we have also seen remarkable increases in diseases such as asthma, obesity, allergies, inflammatory bowel diseases, etc.  We now realize that the microbes in and on us play a major role in both our health and disease.  Exposure to microbes from birth shape how we develop. We live with our microbes throughout our lives. Later in life they impact many aspects of aging.  These microbes have evolved with us.  We need to rethink our relationship with our microbes to establish a balance between hygiene and microbial exposure for healthier living.


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