FameLab Science – GUTS! Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Inflammatory bowel diseases, preserving marine diversity, quantum field theory and the science of sperm. All very interesting and important scientific topics. But what happens when you get the researchers onstage – armed with only their wits, charisma and props to explain these complex topics in just 3 minutes? You get FameLab! Live onstage tonight at the Powerhouse Museum is the NSW semi-final of this international science competition.

All disease begins in the gut. Hippocrates said this more that 2000 years ago but we are only now coming to understand just how right he was. Research over the past 2 decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health and that an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases including diabetes, obesity, arthritis, autism, depression and chronic fatigue.

This is Dr Claire O’Briens topic and we were lucky enough to have her in the studio with us here as one of the 13 top young scientists who will be up there on the stage tonight battling it out to become a FameLab champion. Claire is a biomedical research fellow at the ANU Medical School based at Canberra Hospital.

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