July 20, 2017

Self-care and Beneficial Microbes is part of Salon~360’s trilogy of events celebrating its 3-Year Anniversary, which includes an art exhibition and a range of programming.

Self-care is an important practice that is under our individual control, it is deliberate and self-initiated. In the modern-medicine paradigm, preventive medicine aligns most closely with self-care. It is a fundamental pillar of health. To achieve and maintain the best possible life, learning to self-management many day-to-day decisions effecting health is a vital part of our overall healthcare and quality of life strategy.

The word “bacteria” usually sounds an alarm. In fact, beneficial microbes, including bacteria, abound and are necessary to sustain life. Self-care and beneficial microbes, then, are a linked.

Katrina T. Forest and Frederico E. Rey will join us in dialogue about self-care and beneficial microbes.

Katrina T. Forest

Dr. Forest is a bacteriologist whose research involves the study of life through the examination of interactions; co-operations of species within ecosystems, adaptation of living organisms to environment stimuli, and partnerships of atoms within the active sites of enzymes. Her lab studies biological interactions at the molecular level, with particular interest in the structures, functions, and mechanisms of bacterial proteins.

Forest believes science cannot categorized separately from other creative pursuits any more than work and life can be compartmentalize in the troubled construct of work-life balance. Thus, Forest develops collaborations and friendships with artists, and encourages visual art and creative writing in her lab, classroom, and outreach spheres. Lazer-printed sculptures created in her lab are on display in the “Foundations: Fostering a Better World” exhibition, July 8, 2017 – August 25, 2017 in The Fine Arts Gallery of the Kansas City Kansas Public Library.

Forest earned her PhD in Molecular Biology from Princeton University (1993). She is Professor of Bacteriology and Biophysics at University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Federico E. Rey

Dr. Rey’s research focuses on microbiota interactions that impact human health. Humans harbor large microbial communities in the gastrointestinal tract. This collection of microbes (microbiota) and their associated genes (microbiome) affect many aspects of our physiology. Host diet determines gut microbial metabolism, which in turn modifies the nutritional impact of many dietary components. The overall goal of his research is to dissect diet by microbiota interactions that impact human health, so that therapeutic/preventive dietary recommendations can be made based on the metabolic potential of a subject’s microbiome.

Rey earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in clinical chemistry at Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, and his PhD in Microbiology at the University of Iowa. He is an Assistant Professor of Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Theme: Self-care and Beneficial Microbes

Themed Viewing: The Invisible Universe Of The Human Microbiome

Event Question: How do beneficial microbes help my self-care practice?

Event Location: Bravo Cucina Italiana, 5005 W. 117th Street, Leawood, KS 66211.

Note on directions to the venue: Between Roe Ave. and Nall located on the north side of Town Center Plaza South with a black and white stripped awing left of Loft and New York & Company.

Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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