Séminaire scientifique organisé par l'Institut de recherche en santé publique de l'Université de Montréal – IRSPUM
Environmental microbial exposures are thought to play a key role in asthma and allergies, including both beneficial and predisposing effects, but causal relationships remain to be proven. The advance of high-throughput sequencing (HTS) approaches has revolutionized our understanding of microbial communities and their role in human health and disease. The hope is to reach similar advances by applying this toolbox to indoor studies on asthma and allergy. This presentation will summarize work carried out in our research group in Kuopio on indoor microbiota in farming homes and in moisture damaged buildings, representing such beneficial and predisposing scenarios. A chamber study carried out with a robotic baby will illustrate limitations and challenges in exposure assessment when trying to understand inhaled microbial exposure early in life. Finally, this talk will briefly outline our efforts in trying to develop current knowledge into asthma and allergy protective interventions.
Dr. Martin Täubel is senior researcher at the Environmental Health Unit, National Institute for Health and Welfare in Kuopio, Finland. He is leading the Indoor Air team, which is one of the worldwide leading groups in research on indoor microbial exposures and associated health effects, integrating expertise in microbiology, exposure assessment, epidemiology and health. Dr. Täubel has been working in the context of microbiology of the built environment for over ten years. His current research focuses on investigating the links between the environment, indoor microbiota and beneficial and adverse health outcomes in asthma and allergy.
Michèle Bouchard, chercheuse régulière à l'IRSPUM et directrice du Département de santé environnementale et santé au travail à l'École de santé publique de l'Université de Montréal.
*Cette conférence sera présentée en anglais.