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Interviews and recorded lectures during 2011 - 2016

A short interview for BBC Scotland’s news and current affairs programme, Newsdrive, on January 14th, 2016. The whole programme may still be available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06tqfqh
The relevant interview starts at 1hr 50 minutes and 51 seconds.

We discussed new data suggesting that prolonged absence of fibre from the diet, especially if continued over several generations, can lead to loss of crucial bacterial species from the gut microbiota. Such severe depletion can stop transmission of these species between generations so that they become extinct.
 Sonnenburg et al. (2016) Nature 529:212-215 doi:10.1038/nature16504
 
This is potentially serious because these organisms are involved in regulation of metabolism and of the immune system. How do we maintain these species within our microbiota? How can we replace them if this becomes necessary?
 
A recent programme in the BBC’s Horizon series explored the role of the Old Friends mechanism (still sometimes misleadingly known as the Hygiene hypothesis) in the recent increases in allergic disorders. I explained throughout the programme how modern lifestyles are changing our exposure to microorganisms with which we co-evolved, including the microbiota (the symbiotic organisms that live on us and in us, particularly in our guts). I also outlined how this affects the regulation of our immune systems.

The programme illustrated these issues by studying two families, and analysing their gut microbiota.
This BBC Horizon programme can be accessed via the link below :-
http://www.bbcactivevideoforlearning.com/1/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleID=24847

A short interview for the BBC Radio 4 consumer affairs programme, "You and Yours", on Thursday 29th May, 2014. This was to discuss the event "Are we too clean", scheduled to take place at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival on Wed 4th June 2014.
The intended message of the interview was that we are not too clean. Hygiene is crucial, but lifestyle changes and modern medicine are depriving us of contact with some microorganisms that play a crucial role in setting up the regulation of the immune system.
This can be heard by clicking the player above, and can also be found on the BBC website here
A lecture delivered on November 5th, 2013, at the BHP Billiton/UCL (University College London) symposium:-
                  "Sustainable resources for sustainable cities"

My talk, entitled:-
"Can green space and biodiversity reverse the worrying increases in chronic inflammatory disorders ?"
      ................and my powerpoint presentation, can be seen here.
The lectures presented at the "Gut Microbiota for Health Summit" can all be accessed, together with the powerpoint slides. When the page appears, click on "lectures", and Graham A.W. Rook's lecture is the 3rd one listed. Access the site here.

"Immune dysregulation in modern society: the Old Friends hypothesis"

A video interview given during the recent "Gut Microbiota for Health Summit" in Madrid can be accessed here
A recent Radio interview, transmitted on 28 May 2012, on the BBC Radio 4 program, "All in the mind"
The topic was the prospect for using vaccinations that induce immunoregulation in the prevention or treatment of depression
A recent radio interview, transmitted on 26th October 2011, on the BBC World Service program, "Health Check".
The topic was the role of helminth infections as inducers of immunoregulatory pathways

A recent radio interview, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, Tue 26 Jul 2011, 21:00, and Wed 27 Jul 2011, 16:30

The discussion includes the immunoregulatory role of organisms with which humans co-evolved.

An interview after the meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) in New Orleans, 2011