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Brightly colored microscopic image of gut microbes.

Gut flora play a significant role in an individual’s overall health, and the medical community is just beginning to understand the symbiotic relationship between our bodies and the microbes in our intestines. Gastroenterologist Ari Grinspan talks about how to maintain gut health and the exciting future of fecal transplants.

This SciCafe occured on January 3, 2017. Hear the full talk in this episode of the Science@AMNH podcast, or watch a video version below:

About the Speaker

Headshot of Ari Grinspan, M.D.

Dr. Ari Grinspan is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and the Director of GI Microbial Therapeutics at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.  He pioneered the Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) program to treat recurrent and refractory Clostridium difficile infection at The Mount Sinai Hospital, which has developed into a referral center for the tri-state area. His research focuses on exploring the mechanism and clinical utility of FMT in Clostridium difficile infection and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Read More

  • Learn more about this month’s SciCafe speaker and his research here
  • Watch Dr. Ari Grinspan LIVE on Facebook discussing fecal transplantation for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
  • An editorial on the exciting future of fecal microbiota transplant.
  • Read how fecal transplants can "re-poop-ulate" your body.
  • MedPage Today article reviewing fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT).
  • View a YouTube of Dr. Grinspan examining FMT for Clostridium difficile and beyond.

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The SciCafe series is proudly sponsored by Judy and Josh Weston.

SciCafe: The Power of Poop, and related activities are generously supported by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).