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Probiotics Expert To Speak At Collin College

Sept. 7, 2009 – Nationally renowned microbiologist Dr. Gary Huffnagle will kick off Collin College’s 2009-2010 Distinguished Speaker Series devoted to Innovation with two presentations on probiotics. Free and open to the public, Huffnagle will present “The Role of Microbiota in Health and Disease” at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, September 21 at the college’s Central Park Campus conference center, 2200 W. University Drive in McKinney. He will present “Probiotics: Our Silent Partners for Good Health” at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 21 at the Spring Creek Campus conference center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. in Plano. A book signing will follow the evening event.

The college will also host “The Taste of Collin—Probiotics Connection,” a free health fair from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Tuesday, September 22 in the Spring Creek Campus atrium. The fair will feature probiotic taste tests and literature from area stores and companies including Lucky Layla Farms.

An international lecturer and author, Huffnagle is a professor of internal medicine and microbiology and immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School, one of the top ten medical schools in America. He holds a BSc in microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has published more than 90 articles about microbes and the immune system in peer-reviewed scientific journals, academic reviews and textbooks. He is the co-author of “The Probiotics Revolution: The Definitive Guide to Safe, Natural Health Solutions Using Probiotic and Prebiotic Foods and Supplements.”

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