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We have composed short summaries of the workshops that were organized during the Gut Microbiota for Health Summit (Madrid, February 2013).   Here is the list of workshops: “Gut Microbiota and functional bowel disorders” “Gut Microbiota and brain function” “Probiotics and prebiotics: use and selection” “Dysbiosis in IBD” “Faecal microbiota transplantation” “Technologies to investigate the human gut microbiota”

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We have composed short summaries of the workshops that were organized during the Gut Microbiota for Health Summit (Madrid, February 2013).   Here is the list of workshops: “Gut Microbiota and functional bowel disorders” “Gut Microbiota and brain function” “Probiotics and prebiotics: use and selection” “Dysbiosis in IBD” “Faecal microbiota transplantation” “Technologies to investigate the human gut microbiota”

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Professor of Medical Microbiology Graham Rook, from UCL (University College London), explains in this video the “surprisingly close” relationship between gut microbiota and the immune system. Prof. Rook, who was interviewed during the 2nd Gut Microbiota and Health Summit, compares the immune system to the brain, highlighting the need to educate it as it is “constantly learning”. At the same…

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Professor of Medical Microbiology Graham Rook, from UCL (University College London), explains in this video the “surprisingly close” relationship between gut microbiota and the immune system. Prof. Rook, who was interviewed during the 2nd Gut Microbiota and Health Summit, compares the immune system to the brain, highlighting the need to educate it as it is “constantly learning”. At the same…

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“Mainly microbes – Meet your microbiome” is a video by Joe Hanson, the author of the YouTube channel It’s okay to be smart, that focuses on gut microbiota and the importance of bacteria in and on our body. Uploaded during the last week of March, it has already been viewed 5,000 times and received some 30 comments, which is a…

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“Mainly microbes – Meet your microbiome” is a video by Joe Hanson, the author of the YouTube channel It’s okay to be smart, that focuses on gut microbiota and the importance of bacteria in and on our body. Uploaded during the last week of March, it has already been viewed 5,000 times and received some 30 comments, which is a…

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As it has been mentioned since the beginning of our blog, gut microbiota is increasingly raising more interest both from experts and society as a whole. Although some projects have been completed, there are others on the way. The good news right now comes from the United States, as the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), co-organiser of the 2nd Gut Microbiota…

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As it has been mentioned since the beginning of our blog, gut microbiota is increasingly raising more interest both from experts and society as a whole. Although some projects have been completed, there are others on the way. The good news right now comes from the United States, as the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), co-organiser of the 2nd Gut Microbiota…

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We interviewed Prof. Joël Doré, Head of Research at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique), at the 2nd Gut Microbiota for Health Summit, in order to find out more about gut microbiota. Prof Doré’s interview includes an explanation on why we prefer the term ‘gut microbiota’ to ‘microflora’ or ‘gut flora’, when referring to…

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We interviewed Prof. Joël Doré, Head of Research at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique), at the 2nd Gut Microbiota for Health Summit, in order to find out more about gut microbiota. Prof Doré’s interview includes an explanation on why we prefer the term ‘gut microbiota’ to ‘microflora’ or ‘gut flora’, when referring to…

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Research & Practice

A mounting body of scientific evidence suggests a link between the gut microbiome and human metabolic health. Indeed, alteration of microbial composition and function in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) appears to be a key feature in the pathogenesis of the disease. However, whether the insulin resistance (IR)-associated serum metabolome may predict metabolic and cardiovascular disorders is unknown. A…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

A mounting body of scientific evidence suggests a link between the gut microbiome and human metabolic health. Indeed, alteration of microbial composition and function in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) appears to be a key feature in the pathogenesis of the disease. However, whether the insulin resistance (IR)-associated serum metabolome may predict metabolic and cardiovascular disorders is unknown. A…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

The incidence of food allergies has increased dramatically in western countries over the past 20 years and the gut microbiota seems to be a promising target for preventing and treating them. However, mechanisms by which gut microbiota is involved in the loss of oral tolerance remain unclear.   A recent study, led by Dr. Charles Mackay from the Monash Biomedicine…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

The incidence of food allergies has increased dramatically in western countries over the past 20 years and the gut microbiota seems to be a promising target for preventing and treating them. However, mechanisms by which gut microbiota is involved in the loss of oral tolerance remain unclear.   A recent study, led by Dr. Charles Mackay from the Monash Biomedicine…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

It is already known that a reduction in gut microbial richness is the hallmark change of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, but how this dysbiosis is established in the HIV-exposed uninfected infant is poorly understood. A recent cross-sectional study, led by Dr. Grace M. Aldrovandi from the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in Los Angeles (USA), suggests that perturbations in the…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

It is already known that a reduction in gut microbial richness is the hallmark change of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, but how this dysbiosis is established in the HIV-exposed uninfected infant is poorly understood. A recent cross-sectional study, led by Dr. Grace M. Aldrovandi from the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in Los Angeles (USA), suggests that perturbations in the…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

A diet low in FODMAPs (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols) has been studied mostly in the context of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and is known to reduce functional gastrointestinal symptoms in this population. In addition, altering FODMAP intake appears to impact fecal microbiota composition in both healthy individuals and those with IBS. The observed success of the low-FODMAP diet…

Kristina Campbell
Science writer Kristina Campbell (M.Sc.), from British Columbia (Canada), specializes in communicating about the gut microbiota, digestive health, and nutrition. Author of the best selling Well-Fed Microbiome Cookbook, her freelance work has appeared in publications around the world. Kristina joined the Gut Microbiota for Health publishing team in 2014.  Find her on: GoogleTwitter

A diet low in FODMAPs (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols) has been studied mostly in the context of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and is known to reduce functional gastrointestinal symptoms in this population. In addition, altering FODMAP intake appears to impact fecal microbiota composition in both healthy individuals and those with IBS. The observed success of the low-FODMAP diet…

Kristina Campbell
Science writer Kristina Campbell (M.Sc.), from British Columbia (Canada), specializes in communicating about the gut microbiota, digestive health, and nutrition. Author of the best selling Well-Fed Microbiome Cookbook, her freelance work has appeared in publications around the world. Kristina joined the Gut Microbiota for Health publishing team in 2014.  Find her on: GoogleTwitter

It has been previously found that exercise may play an important role in the overall health of the host by contributing to the diversity of gut microbiota. However, extreme dietary differences, especially high protein intakes, amongst the elite athletes studied may confound interpretations about the specific role of exercise in determining gut bacterial richness. How physical fitness contributes to intestinal…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

It has been previously found that exercise may play an important role in the overall health of the host by contributing to the diversity of gut microbiota. However, extreme dietary differences, especially high protein intakes, amongst the elite athletes studied may confound interpretations about the specific role of exercise in determining gut bacterial richness. How physical fitness contributes to intestinal…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados