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Science On Tap - The Human Holobiont: What Fecal Transplant and other Microbial Science is Teaching Us about Being Human
Feb 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 6:00

$15 General Admission
$8 Students with ID

Over the past several decades, we have gained immense insight into the world of the human microbiome. The observations made using techniques like Fecal Microbiota Transplant and microbial sequencing are contributing to a new paradigm of what it means to be human. We now know we are not alone in our own bodies. We have a compilation of trillions of microbes living in and on us. They are working together with our cells as a complex ecosystem, one that defines us as a holobiont. Through the lens of the human microbiome we are challenged to approach health like we do ecology. We can begin to think about how every choice we make is interfacing with this ecosystems.


At this Science on Tap, come get gutsy with Andrea McBeth, Naturopathic Doctor and founder of Flora Medicine.
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Science On Tap | 7:00 PM
Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge! more >>>
Andrea McBeth has a B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of San Diego. She has done research in various molecular basic sciences for 10+ years. She worked full-time as a research assistant in molecular biology at OHSU Knight Cancer Institute with a focus in bone marrow transplant and genetic engineering before pursuing her ND degree. She graduated from The National University of Natural Medicine(NUNM) with a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2017.

Throughout her education she has been passionate about helping people reduce suffering. Her path has led her to combine her love of basic sciences with medicine in a way that is truly unique. She sees the human body and wellness through the lens of the microbiome. She looks at the connection of the gut's microbial ecosystem to the brain, immune system, our lifestyle choices and world we interact with. It provides an elegant mechanism of action for all of the beautiful tools naturopathic medicine has to offer.

Her company Flora Medicine is focused on bringing naturopathic medicine to assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in conjunction with treating antibiotic resistant Clostridium difficile infection with fecal transplant. She teaches, offers consulting, and runs a local stool bank to provide fecal transplant capsules to patients in need. more >>>