Lawson Seminar Series

The Lawson Family Chair in Microbiome Nutrition Research Seminar Series provides a venue for researchers to share their cutting-edge work on the microbiome with the broader science community.

Each seminar includes two presentations, the first delivered by a trainee (graduate student, medical student or postdoctoral fellow) and the second by an established leader in the field.

The second annual seminar will run on April 26, 2018, in the Fitzgerald Building (150 College Street), room 103.

2018 Presenters

Karen-Anne McVey Neufeld, PhD
"Microbiota-gut-brain axis in adolescence”

John Bienenstock, CM, MD (Hon), FRCP, FRCPC, FRSC
"Bacteria, brain and behaviour in early life”


Watch Recent Videos from the Lawson Seminar Series on YouTube >

Past Seminars

Probiotics: Impact on the Gut Microbiome and Brain Function
By Professor Philip Sherman 

Dr. Sherman studies epithelial signal transduction responses to pathogenic, commensal and probiotic bacteria.


Prebiotics: More than just bug food?
By Dr. Richard Wu

Dr. Wu studies intestinal epithelial responses to non-digestible oligosaccharides in in-vitro and in-vivo models of intestinal injury.



Elena Comelli, Lawson Family Chair in Microbiome Nutrition Research, Department of Nutritional Sciences and the Joannah & Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition

Lorena Lopez Dominguez, PhD student, Department of Nutritional Sciences

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