Although things have been slow here on the HMjc site and it’s been a while since anyone presented a paper in journal club, my TO READ pile of human microbiome research papers continues to grow. It’s high time we got back to writing about and discussing the human microbiome! And what better way to start the new year than with a new HMjc schedule and list of upcoming events? Pick your favourite topic and sign-up to present a recently published paper. All kinds of hot topics are waiting, including antibiotic resistance in the environment and the clinic, the microbiome and autism, the influence of commensal bacteria on allergies, the microbiome and the mind, and how bacterial colonizers affect susceptibility to viral infection (and vice versa), to list a small few. I’ll be putting together a schedule for January so let me know if you’d like to be included.
We’re also looking for ideas for a new segment called “microbe of the week” where we’ll post a profile on an interesting organism. Nominate your favourite bacterium today! Another new initiative coming soon is the Micro.Bio program designed to get students involved in microbiome research and communication but more on that next year.