Thursday, January 12, 2017
5:45 pm

Associates Program: Understanding Autism

with Sarkis Mazmanian, Luis B. and Nelly Soux Professor of Microbiology

5:45 p.m. Reception with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and buffet stations
7:00 p.m. Presentation
8:00 p.m. Networking, dessert, and coffee

Microbes inhabit just about every part of the human body, and 100 trillion of these bacteria can be found within the gastrointestinal tract. It is no surprise that these microbes influence digestion, allergies, and metabolism, but their reach may extend further, into the brain. Hear Sarkis Mazmanian explain how he is investigating this connection and how the ecosystem of bacteria in our gut may play a role in autism and other neurological conditions. In fact, newly published research from Mazmanian's lab connects bacteria in the intestines to Parkinson's disease, the second most common neurodegenerative disease. Learn about the experiments that are leading to these breakthroughs, and more, at our first event of the year.

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For inquiries, please contact Ruby Rico with the Caltech Associates office at or (626) 395-6392.


Sarkis Mazmanian, the Luis B. and Nelly Soux Professor of Microbiology








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