Harnessing the Microbiome and Immunity for Human Health on April 8 at Barrington’s White House

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Imagine using the body’s natural abilities to prevent diseases and conditions such as asthma and food allergies, reduce Alzheimer’s impact, and conquer obesity, depression and cancer. Hear how the doctors and scientists of The Duchossois Family Institute at the University of Chicago Medicine are working to transform the future of medicine. This presentation takes place on April 8 from 3:00-5:00. A complimentary reception will follow a panel discussion. This is a free community event.

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Jack Gilbert, PhD
Faculty Director of the Microbiome Center
Professor of Surgery
Senior Scientist (Adjunct) of the Marine Biological Laboratory
Group Leader in Microbial Ecology at Argonne National Laboratory

Jack is one of the top scientists leading the investigation into the mircorbiome, the trillion of microorganisms that call our bodies home and that have an enormous impact on our health and well-being.


Ashley D. Joyce
President, The Duchossois Family Foundation

Ashley Duchossois Joyce is President of The Duchossois Family Foundation. She received her Bachelor of Arts from University of Colorado and her Master’s degree from University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. Ashley has been involved with the not-for-profit organization, Metropolitan Family Services, for over nineteen years. Currently, she is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, and serves on their Executive, Strategic Issues, External Affairs, and Capital Campaign Committees. As a volunteer for The Catherine Cook School, Ashley is a Trustee and is a Co-chair of the Nominating Committee. As a Director for The Duchossois Group, Inc., she serves on the Compensation, Nominating, and Shareholder Committees. Ashley is in the 2018 class of Leadership Greater Chicago and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. Additionally, she is a member of the Executive Committee for The Duchossois Family Council.

Eugene Change, MD
Martin Boyer Professor of Medicine
Faculty Director of the Microbiome Medicine Program

Gene had been at the forefront of understanding how gut microbes are fundamental to our health, particularly in regard to “new age” disorders like diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome.

Erika Claud, MD
Professor of Pediatrics

Erika specializes in providing care to pre-term infants and leads a new, national study investigating how environment factors influence early childhood development.

Starr Marcello, MBA
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship
Executive Director of Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Starr is working with specialists from the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to bring research breakthroughs to market which will greatly benefit human lives.

Barrington’s White House is a unique, historic venue located in the heart of downtown Barrington at 145 West Main Street. This meticulously restored 1898 mansion hosts cultural and community events, and is also available for rental for weddings, corporate meetings, non-profit fundraisers and family celebrations. Visit the web site or call 224-512-4292 for your private tour.