The Infant's Microbiome “Social Network”

Program Date: 8 September 2021
Publication Date: 12 May 2022
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 0.5; Dietitian CPEU: 0.5

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll recognise the importance of the microbiome in early life immune development and protection from allergic disorders; summarise the factors that influence early life microbiome development; discuss the potential impact of COVID-19 on microbiome development; and identify dietary factors that support microbiome-immune system interactions. Originally presented as a live webinar on 8 September 2021.

Course Objectives:

• Recognise the importance of the microbiome in early life immune development and protection from allergic disorders. 
• Summarise the factors that influence early life microbiome development. 
• Discuss the potential impact of COVID-19 on microbiome development. 
• Identify the dietary factors that support microbiome-immune system interactions.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Performance Indicators: 4.2.6, 8.1.2, 8.2.1
  • Run Time: 38

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Liam O’Mahony, PhD

Professor, Immunology at APC Microbiome Ireland 
National University of Ireland 
Cork, Ireland
Liam O’Mahony received his BSc in Microbiology from University College Cork and his PhD in Immunology from Trinity College Dublin. He conducted post-doctoral research at University College Cork, & UCLA. He was a Principal Investigator at the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork, from 2003 to 2008 and from 2009 to 2018, he was Head of Molecular Immunology at the Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research, University of Zürich, Switzerland. Additionally, Liam O’Mahony is Treasurer of EAACI and an Associate Editor of the journal Allergy. His research interests are focused on the molecular basis for microbe & metabolite modulation of mucosal inflammatory responses. In particular, he is investigating the basic mechanisms by which microbes influence allergic sensitisation within the gut, skin, and lungs.
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