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CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.

By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 22 countries. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world's first national AI strategy.

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  • Humans & the Microbiome

Brett Finlay: How can microbes change the future of human health?

by CIFAR
Nov 6 / 14
On Nov. 6, 2014, “Four Questions to Change the World,” brought together speakers from proposed programs selected through CIFAR’s Global Call for Ideas.

B. Brett Finlay (University of British Columbia) talked about the importance of the microbes that live around and within us in affecting human health, development and evolution. Finlay is the Co-Director of CIFAR's Humans & the Microbiome program.