Improving Food with Fermentation – Superfood or superfad?

Depending on your tastes, you may find that many of your favourite foods are products of fermenta­tion. Wine, cheese, bread, beer, and chocolate are just a few of these products that humans have enjoyed for thousands of years thanks to this simple chemical pro­cess. What started as a food preservation technique has now become a...

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Gene-unie disgust – why do we dislike certain foods

Why do we eat what we eat? People enjoy eating foods that are not just appealing to their taste buds, but more importantly, that are not unappealing to them. Whether it’s disgust over the taste of cilantro or intolerance to a food group altogether, the science behind food preferences is complex. Factors including allergies, genetics,...

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Letter from the Chair – Volume 10, Issue 2

I hope you are hungry. I know I am. This issue of IMMpress Magazine provides a full serving of nutritional microbiome-rich information that should satisfy anyone seeking to learn about the interface of immunity and metabolism. The IMMpress team has set a de­licious table of articles featuring key aspects of nutrition, diets and dietary supplements,...

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Letter from the Editors – Volume 10, Issue 2

The vastness of our universe was put into the spotlight with the first images of the James Webb Space Telescope. These beautiful images, showing only a small fraction of the sky—a grain of sand held at arm’s length—has allowed humanity to delve into the unknown, to better understand our creation, and to see that we...

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CSI 2022

After a two-year hiatus of in-per­son conferences, the 34th annual Canadian Society for Immunol­ogy (CSI) meeting reunited immunol­ogists in the port city of the Canadian Atlantic, Halifax, Nova Scotia, on June 1720th. Situated at the beautiful Mar­riott Harbourfront Hotel, the three-day conference was packed full with dis­cussions of exciting and novel research, workshops, and a...

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Manipulating Metabolism: An Interview with Dr. Michael St. Paul

Nutrient-limited, hypoxic, and acid­ic – the microenvironment of solid tumors is like a battlefield for effector T cells. What can be done to allow T cells to survive such a hostile climate and ex­ert their antitumor functions? I caught up with a recent alumnus of the de­partment, Dr. Michael St. Paul, to talk about T...

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Restoring the Balance of the Gut Microbiota: How Our Feces Can Help Fight Inflammatory Bowel

“FMT differs from other IBD therapeutics as the intended outcome for treatment is to ultimately cure IBD.” Everyone has heard of kidney, heart, or other organ transplantations but many people may be surprised to discover that transplanting intestinal microbes is emerging as a promising new treatment option for sever­al gastrointestinal, metabolic, and neurological disorders. Microbes...

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