MSE speaker series, spring 2022

The spring 2022 series is under development! We will add details as our event is finalized.

“The Microbes and Social Equity Speaker Series 2022”

Spring 2022; planned for Jan 19 – Apr 27, Wednesdays at 12:00 – 13:00 EST

Hosting Organization: MSE and the University of Maine Institute of Medicine


Microorganisms are critical to many aspects of biological life, including human health.  The human body is a veritable universe for microorganisms: some pass through but once, some are frequent tourists, and some spend their entire existence in the confines of our body tissues.  The collective microbial community, our microbiome, can be impacted by the details of our lifestyle, including diet, hygiene, health status, and more, but many are driven by social, economic, medical, or political constraints that restrict available choices that may impact our health.   

Access to resources is the basis for creating and resolving social equity—access to healthcare, healthy foods, a suitable living environment, and to beneficial microorganisms, but also access to personal and occupational protection to avoid exposure to infectious disease. This speaker series explores the way that microbes connect public policy, social disparities, and human health, as well as the ongoing research, education, policy, and innovation in this field.  The spring speaker series will pave the way for a symposium on “Microbes, Social Equity, and Rural Health” in summer 2022.

The 2021 series can be found here.

The speaker list is under development, and we will provide details and registration links as we finalize our event.

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