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Probiotics

Gut instinct – are probiotics the miracle ‘bug’ that will treat what ails us?, November 19, 2013
Hard Rock Café, 279 Yonge Street, Toronto (upstairs bar) Wheelchair access from main entrance

We’ve all seen the advertisements claiming that a tasty yogurt teeming with probiotics is just the ticket for making us feel better, healthier and more energized. But what are probiotics and how do they really contribute to our health?

Probiotics, commonly referred to as ‘good bacteria’, are believed to be important for the prevention and treatment of disease.

Our panel will provide an overview of what probiotics are, how they have been proven to be effective in treating disease, what the future holds for probiotics and finally how individuals might take advantage of the therapeutic power of probiotics in their daily lives.

The discussion will also touch upon the experiences of patients living with chronic illness such as Crohn’s disease and colitis and how probiotics research and therapeutics have affected them.

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Got an opinion? A ‘unique’ question? Join us for a drink, stay for the discussion
Panelists:

  • Dr. Bradley Johnston, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, SickKids; Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Nicola Jones, Staff Gastroenterologist, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and Senior Scientist, Cell Biology, SickKids; Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Physiology, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Philip Sherman, Staff Gastroenterologist, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and Senior Scientist, Cell Biology, SickKids; Professor of Paediatrics, Microbiology and Dentistry, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto; Canada Research Chair in Gastrointestinal Disease; Scientific Director, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (CIHR-INMD)
  • Jennie Jennings, patient advocate