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#UMassMedChat on the microbiome is Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

UMass Center for Microbiome Research to answer questions on gut health

UMass Medical School, with experts from the UMass Center for Microbiome Research, will host a #UMassMedChat on Twitter on Thursday, April 9, at 11:30 a.m. on the latest research into the microbiome.

Researchers are exploring how gut bacteria may be involved in diseases and health conditions ranging from diabetes, inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis) and autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis) to obesity and malnutrition. The Center for Microbiome Research is pursuing several areas of interest.

To join in the discussion, sign into Twitter and search for @UMassMedNow and @UMassMicrobiome and use the hashtags #UMassMedChat, #microbiome and/or #guthealth in your questions. Founder and Director of the Center for Microbiome Research Beth McCormick, PhD, vice chair and professor of microbiology & physiological systems, will be tweeting from the @UMassMicrobiome Twitter handle. Fellow colleagues, including center co-founders Ana Maldonado-Contreras, PhD, and Rose Szabady, PhD, and center Director of Operations Doyle Ward, PhD, will also be participating.

The UMass Center for Microbiome Research was created to accelerate the understanding of how the microbes that live in and on people influence their lives, their health and their environment. UMassMedNow is running series of articles and videos this week to highlight microbiome research.

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