Antibiotics at the Crossroads

Antibiotics can sometimes be almost miraculous in their clinical impact. Over the last 70 years, since their introduction into routine medical practice, they’ve saved countless lives.

But in many cases the benefits are much less dramatic or apparent. Further, there is increasing evidence that routine use of antibiotics can have long-term detrimental effects on human health, owing to their actions on the gut microbiome.

Epidemiologic data and experimental models both link antibiotic exposure to metabolic and immunological changes, which are important driving factors in common diseases including obesity, diabetes, and asthma. This is an important clinical issue, one that calls out for effective solutions.

In this webinar, you’ll have an opportunity to learn from Martin Blaser, MD, one of the world’s leading microbiologists and experts on the impact of antibiotics on the microbiome.  Dr. Blaser and his team at Rutgers University have been at the forefront of research on microbiome changes and the role of these changes in fueling the epidemics of metabolic and inflammatory diseases such as asthma, obesity, diabetes, IBD, and others.

Dr. Blaser explores:

  • The effects of antibiotic exposure on microbiome development in early life
  • The associations between antibiotic use and common illnesses
  • The evidence from animal models that antibiotic exposure is a causal factor in changing physiology and promoting disease development
  • Future approaches to solving this significant clinical problem

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Martin J. Blaser, MD, holds the Henry Rutgers Chair of the Human Microbiome at Rutgers University, and serves as Director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine.  Previously, he served as Chair of the Department of Medicine at New York University. A physician and microbiologist, Dr. Blaser’s main area of interest is in the relationships we have with the microbiome, with particular focus on how these relationships influence human health and illness. His research explores the role of microbiome changes in the etiology of diseases that are currently epidemic, including obesity, diabetes, asthma, and allergic/auto-immune disorders.  Dr. Blaser has served as President of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Cancer Institute, and Chair of the Advisory Board for Clinical Research of the NIH. He is currently Chair of the Presidential Advisory Council for Combatting Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB). He has authored over 600 original scientific articles, and holds 24 US patents. His landmark 2014 boo, Missing Microbes, has now been translated into 20 languages.

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