The University of Calgary has opened the world's largest germ-free microbiome research facility and it is the only such facility with live cell imaging capabilities.
Changes in diet, use and overuse of antibiotics, and changes in the environment, can lead to changes in our microbiome which is the community of microorganisms living in our gut. Damage the microbiome - damage your health.
The new International Microbiome Centre
will be able to carry out research to understand how changes to the microbiome can lead to dramatic changes in our immune system, inflammatory diseases, allergies, diabetes, and in our overall well being.
Dr. Kathy McCoy is director of the new facility and she expects to see it operating at capacity in the next few years, attract international research ideas, and lead to new ways to prevent and treat a variety of diseases. Freelance broadcaster Don Hill talked with Dr. McCoy about the International Microbiome Centre (the new name for what started out as the Western Canadian Microbiome Centre) and about the importance of our microbiome.
We also have a 360º tour of the germ-free area of the IMC and you can start the tour here