The Microbiome and human health

The Society for Microbiology (SfAM) Microbiome and human health meeting in April rides the current zeitgeist for feverish interest in all aspects of the microbiome. SfAM is delighted to present a conference that’s satisfying this curiosity of with a programme that’s varied,… Read More ›

Recent Posts

  • Hearing the Voice of the Future

    On Wednesday 15th March, five of our ECS members travelled to Westminster to represent SfAM at the RSB-organised Voice of the Future event. Set in the middle of British Science Week, this unique Q&A session gave young researchers and students the chance to grill MPs and government officials on science and engineering policy. Our policy officer, Chris, reports on the day.

  • Pollen has a microbiome!

    The unearthing of pollen’s microbiome has potential for helping us understand the biggest threats to the environment and may change the way we view and treat allergies in the near future. Research published in SfAM’s Environmental Microbiology journal is the… Read More ›

  • Leptospirosis hits New York- but what is it?

    One person has died and two others have been infected by an outbreak of leptospirosis – a rare bacterial infection frequently spread by rat urine. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have identified the cases… Read More ›

  • Missing Microbes- review

    ‘Missing Microbes- How Killing Bacteria Creates Modern Plagues’ by Martin Blaser was published 3 years ago. While the jury’s still out on many claims regarding the microbiome, the broad message of this scintillating book is sound, timely and supremely relevant. Bacteria… Read More ›

  • Polio eradication- the endgame

    This year’s Denver Russell Memorial Lecture at The Royal Society was given by Philip Minor on the topic, ‘Polio eradication- the endgame’. His talk concluded The Society for Applied Microbiology’s Vaccines and Synthetic Biology meeting Dr Minor trained in Biochemistry… Read More ›

  • Vaccines and Synthetic Biology Meeting

    The Society for Applied Microbiology held their Vaccines and Synthetic Biology meeting at The Royal Society, London.  As scientists experience increasing pressure in an era of post-truth and ‘alternative facts’, the function of such establishments cannot be overestimated. The Royal… Read More ›

  • The Problem with Trump and Vaccines

    President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly linked vaccines with autism. It’s incorrect, alarming and dangerous. To address his misconceptions and ensure the health of children worldwide, he should attend our Vaccines and Synthetic Biology Meeting.

  • ‘Let Them Eat Dirt- Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World’

    ‘Let Them Eat Dirt- Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World’ by B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Attieta is a brilliant introduction to the world of microbes, especially if your understanding of their existence is thin on the ground. The… Read More ›

  • Hear the wisdom of the squid whisperer

    SfAM was delighted to host Margaret McFall-Ngai to present the annual Environmental Microbiology Lecture- Waging peace: establishment and maintenance of stable alliances between animals and their microbial partners Margaret McFall-Ngai (University of Hawaii, Manoa) is a celebrated pioneer and global trailblazer in the… Read More ›