TEDx: Ending the arms race with infectious diseases

Dr. Janelle Ayres, researcher at the NOMIS Center for Immunbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis, addresses the disconnect between our methods for treating infectious disease and our understanding of the mechanisms that keep us healthy during infection in her TEDxSanDiego talk. Only by eradicating the pathogen and limiting the collateral damage done to the body during an infection can we survive. Dr. Ayres discusses strategies for using the good bacteria living in our bodies, i.e., the microbiome, to develop new therapeutics for promoting survival of infectious disease.

Dr. Ayres is Assistant Professor at the NOMIS Foundation Laboratories for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California.

TEDx: Mind the body

NOMIS researcher and Distinguished Scientist Award winner Professor Manos Tsakiris talks about how our bodies are represented in our brains and how neurocognitive mechanisms shape our physical experiences in his TEDxGhent talk. Prof. Tsakiris discusses his research investigating the plasticity of the sense of self – specifically, how the changing body influences our sense of self and how this new sense of self affects others.

Prof. Tsakiris is professor of psychology at the Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London. He won the first-ever NOMIS Distinguished Scientist Award in 2016.