Dr. Volker Mai Department of Epidemiology University of Florida Dr. Volker Mai Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 11:10am Online via Zoom Special Information: Email Nancy Perkins at email@example.com for meeting link and passcode. Type of Event: Department Seminars The department will be hosting UGA MIBO alum, Dr. Volker Mai (worked in Juergen Wiegel’s lab), to give a seminar this month (Thurs, Feb 25 – seminar at 11:10am) to celebrate announcing the winner of the 2020 Wiegel Award! Dr. Volker Mai, Department of Epidemiology, University of Florida Over the last two decades, the role of the commensal microbiota in human health has received enormous research interest. There has been significant progress in detailing the composition and activities of the microbiota at various anatomic sites and correlating distortions in microbiota with various health and disease endpoints. However, to date there appears to be a sparsity of evidence sufficient to support a causal contribution of microbiota to human health and disease. Establishing causality, beyond simple correlations, is crucial for the future development of microbiota targeting prevention regimen. Using examples from our microbiota research I will elaborate on these concepts and discuss potential approaches to advance the field.