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Microbiome Update: Biofilms, Antibiotic Resistance and Chronic Disease

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Webinar #3 of 6 in the Microbiome Update Series

Microbiome Update:
Biofilms, Antibiotic Resistance and Chronic Disease



Biofilms are structured and aggregated communities of bacteria that can be 100-1000 times more resistant to antibiotics than their planktonic counterparts. Chronic bacterial infections share three common features:

  1. they are difficult to diagnose;
  2. they resist activities of the body's immune defenses; and
  3. they are seldom eradicated with modern-day antimicrobials

This webinar will explore the underlying mechanisms of how biofilms communicate through quorum-sensing (QS) and control the expression of the innate immune system. Participants will also learn about the importance of diet and the use of specific botanical agents as natural QS inhibitors to help overcome chronic microbial infections.

Original Air Date: May 7, 2014

Approved for 2.00 General Credit Hours by the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine


Corene Humphreys, B.H.Sc., ND

Corene Humphreys received her qualifications in Medical Microbiology from the New Zealand Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology and her ND from the South Pacific College of Natural Therapeutics. She has since worked in private and public microbiology laboratories around the world and when residing in the U.S., headed the Gastroenterology Research Department at Genova Diagnostics Lab. She has lectured internationally and acted as a consultant for functional medicine practices and companies striving to develop probiotic products.

She is currently faculty for Wellpark College in Auckland, New Zealand where she teaches microbiology and functional medicine and is the Founder and Medical Director of Nutritional Medicine Ltd., an international consulting and development firm in the business of developing natural evidence-based products and teaching functional medicine.