2016 Strickland Memorial Lecture

At the University of Alberta, Edmonton, on Friday, April 1st, 2016. 
Refreshments at 3:30 pm, Strickland Lecture at 4:00-5:00 pm in room 3-27 in the Earth Sciences Building. 
The lecture will be given by:
Dr. Angela Douglas, the Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Professor of Insect Physiology and Toxicology
Department of Entomology
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Douglas Lab
download poster (jpg)

Title: The multi-organismal animal: insights from Drosophila and its gut microbiota

Abstract: Healthy animals are a habitat for microorganisms, most of which are benign or beneficial. It is becoming increasingly apparent that interactions with the resident microbiota modulate many aspects of animal function, including nutrition, immunity, behavior and more. Building on understanding of the composition of the microbiota and its functional capabilities, it is becoming possible to investigate how the microbiota interacts with animal physiological systems. For example, our recent research reveals that the Drosophila fruit fly becomes obese deprived of their gut microbiota, despite eating less than unmanipulated flies; and that the genotype of the host plays a critical role in determining the composition of the microbiota and its impact on host health and wellbeing. I will consider how model systems, including Drosophila, can be used to investigate the fundamental principles of animal interactions with their resident microorganisms, and also to inform biomedical strategies for improving the efficacy of probiotics and microbial therapies.

 Annual Strickland Dinner 2016:

Friday April 1st, 2016, following the Strickland Lecture. 
Main Dining Room, The University Faculty Club, Saskatchewan Drive. 
Cocktails (No-Host Bar) at 6:00 pm, supper to follow at 7:00 pm. 

Dinner options:
1. Vegetarian Lasagna 
2. Half Breast of Chicken Catherine w/ Large Tiger Shrimp (4) Kebab
3. Baked Filet of Salmon Topped w/ One Large Tiger Shrimp

Served with: 
Spinach, Mushroom and Strawberry Salad 
Dessert: Tiramisu 
One glass of house white or red wine 
Prices: $45.00 for faculty, $40.00 for students. 

Reservations may be made through Dr. Lien Luong
email: (lluong@ualberta.ca) phone: 780-492-1818
Reservations (including choice(s) of main course 
should be made via email to hold places, but please 
mail your cheques made out to University of Alberta, 
deadline is March 28th, 2016. 
   Lien Luong
   Department of Biological Sciences 
   CW-405 Biological Sciences Building 
   University of Alberta 
   Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E9 

or cash delivered to Lien at: 
   B-326 in Biological Sciences Building.