The Audion at the Tower at STAR was full to capacity for the 2019 Foltyn Seminar lecture by Dr. Gary Wu, MD, director of the Penn Center for Nutritional Science and Medicine and co-director of the PennCHOP Microbiome Program at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The talk, titled “You are what your bugs eat: Diet and gut microbiome in health and disease,” examined the link between the food we eat, the microbiota in our digestive tracts and our overall health. Dr. Wu explained how the food we eat changes the small molecules produced by the microbiota, which changes the genes in our digestive systems leading to inflammation and diseases such as inflammatory bowel and Crohn’s disease. 

The annual Foltyn seminar is made possible by the generosity of Theodore J. Foltyn and Kathi Hetrick Foltyn, University of Delaware alumni. The couple established this endowed fund for the purpose of recruiting outstanding speakers in areas including behavioral health, nutrition, wellness and disease prevention.

 

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