October 16-17, 2018 | Lincoln, Nebraska
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2018 NRIC speakers
portrait of Martin J. Blaser, MD


Martin J. Blaser, M.D.
NYU School of Medicine
Perturbing the microbiota of early life and its consequences
There is strong evidence for inheritance of an important proportion of the microbiota. These early life organism play roles in the host's metabolic, immunological, and cognative development. Antibiotics perturb both the microbiome and development, which may lead to long term consequences. We are studying the nature of the perturbations, and their effects, and examining ways to restore healthy development.s continues to grow as an innovative STEM learning tool in the nation’s P12 schools, with many projects funded by the National Science Foundation to bring new ideas and creativity into this powerful learning platform. Many instructional applications are “bioinspired”, such using mechanical linkages to model animal movement, using swarming robots to represent bird flocking behavior, and monitoring wildlife with robots. New 3D printing capabilities have also facilitated connections to P12 STEM learning. This presentation will tour various NSF funded educational robotics efforts that may well open the doors to an increased student interest in biomechanics study and careers.
Martin J. Blaser is the Muriel and George Singer Professor of Medicine, Professor of Microbiology, and Director of the Human Microbiome Program at the NYU School of Medicine. He served as Chair of the Department of Medicine at NYU from 2000-2012. He is both a doctor and a scientist. Over the course of his career, Dr. Blaser has served as the advisor for a large number of students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty. In his scientific work, Dr. Blaser has been studying the relationships we have with the bacteria that live in the human body as well as invaders that make us ill. Over the last 20 years, he has been actively studying the relationship of these bacteria with such important diseases as asthma, obesity, diabetes, allergies, kidney stones, and cancer. He served as the President of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Cancer Institute, and as Chair of the Advisory Board for Clinical Research of the National Institutes of Health. Appointed by President Obama, he is the Chair of the Presidential Advisory Council for Combating Antibiotic Bacteria (PACCARB). He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine and to the American Academy for Arts and Sciences. He holds 28 U.S. patents relating to his research, and has authored over 500 original scientific and medical articles. Recently, he wrote Missing Microbes, a book targeted to general audiences, now being translated into 20 languages, and the recipient of the 2017 Wenjin Book Award from the National Library of China.