5/23/19 - James A. Kangos, MD Memorial Lecture: “You are what your bugs eat! Diet, the Gut Microbiota and its Metabolome in Human Health and Disease"

Gary D. Wu, MD
Ferdinand G. Weisbrod Professor in Gastroenterology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Brief Summary of Lecture 
The human gut contains a vast number of microorganisms known collectively as the “gut microbiota.” Despite its importance in maintaining the health of the host, growing evidence suggests the gut microbiota may also be an important factor in the pathogenesis of various diseases, a number of which have shown a rapid increase in incidence over the past century associated with industrialization. The composition of the microbiota can be influenced by many factors including age, genetics, host environment, and diet. Diet, in particular, has an impact upon not only the composition of the gut microbiota but also its function in part through small molecule production that may influence development of both immune-mediated and metabolic diseases. In this lecture, Dr. Wu will highlight current evidence associating diet with the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and discuss emerging treatment strategies for IBD, such as defined formula diets (DFDs).

Date and Time: Thursday, May 23, 8-9 a.m.


  • John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center

    UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
    4401 Penn Avenue
    Floor 3 Conference Center
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224