Microbiome, probiotics and stool transplants (also known as fecal microbiota transplant or FMT) have entered pop culture and the mainstream media at a rapid rate, but is correct and accurate information being circulated? In an era where a single Tweet can reach hundreds of thousands of people instantaneously, and where information is always at our finger tips, it is critical that the information regarding health, disease and the microbiome come from legitimate sources providing factual information.
As part of the Center for Microbiome Sciences & Therapeutics' (CMiST) Vivo Art program, we will dedicate part of our time and resources to working with artists and using their projects to help advance our research. CMiST and DePaolo Lab will establish relationships with the UW art and film departments to produce events featuring projects that will help to educate our local communities. An important piece of this initiative is to reach under-served populations regarding the importance of nutritional health and the microbiome.
As part of the CMiST Vivo Art program, world-renowned bio-artist Kathy High will be doing a recurring artist residency in DePaolo Lab. Kathy is an artist, but also a person who suffers from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Her passion for trying to understand this complex disease is part of her art. Kathy has been commissioned to do an art exhibition in the fall of 2017 with a focus on IBD and the microbiome.
Kathy has shown her work across the US, as well as Australia, Germany, Poland, Spain, Ireland and the UK, and is a Guggenheim fellowship recipient.
For more about Kathy, please visit her website at www.kathyhigh.com.
CMiST Vivo Art was partially funded by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and we Are thankful for their support in helping this initiative get off the ground.
Will and Kathy
University of Southern California, 2015