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According to the World Health Organisation, obesity worldwide has nearly doubled since 1980. Every year, this condition kills 3.4 million people, a number that rises every day. Doctors and governments try to combat this epidemic using public awareness campaigns encouraging citizens to stay active and follow a healthy, low-fat diet. While it is not enough, it raises the question what…

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According to the World Health Organisation, obesity worldwide has nearly doubled since 1980. Every year, this condition kills 3.4 million people, a number that rises every day. Doctors and governments try to combat this epidemic using public awareness campaigns encouraging citizens to stay active and follow a healthy, low-fat diet. While it is not enough, it raises the question what…

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As we explained in a previous post, many studies have shown that antibiotic treatment alters our gut microbiota. A study led by Spanish scientists now shows that the changes in the composition of bacterial communities found in our intestine caused by prolonged exposure to antibiotics may lead to weight gain. The metabolic activity of the bacteria that live in our…

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As we explained in a previous post, many studies have shown that antibiotic treatment alters our gut microbiota. A study led by Spanish scientists now shows that the changes in the composition of bacterial communities found in our intestine caused by prolonged exposure to antibiotics may lead to weight gain. The metabolic activity of the bacteria that live in our…

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“You are not human, you are a walking bacterial colony,” says the Belgian researcher Jeroen Raes, from the Flanders Institute of Biology, in this video from TEDxBrussels. Raes discusses issues that go from the gut microbiota’s size to its functions, as well as its relationship with some of the most prevalent diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. A video that…

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“You are not human, you are a walking bacterial colony,” says the Belgian researcher Jeroen Raes, from the Flanders Institute of Biology, in this video from TEDxBrussels. Raes discusses issues that go from the gut microbiota’s size to its functions, as well as its relationship with some of the most prevalent diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. A video that…

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Gastric bypass surgery has been revealed as an effective method for fighting morbid obesity, as this kind of intervention usually leads to a significant weight loss. Until now, scientists were not aware of the important role of the gut microbiota in the positive effects of this treatment. According to a recent study published in Science Translational Medicine, the intervention could…

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Gastric bypass surgery has been revealed as an effective method for fighting morbid obesity, as this kind of intervention usually leads to a significant weight loss. Until now, scientists were not aware of the important role of the gut microbiota in the positive effects of this treatment. According to a recent study published in Science Translational Medicine, the intervention could…

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L-carnitine, a chemical compound widely present in red meat (and also some energy drinks), alters the composition of gut microbiota, leading to a potentially increased risk of heart disease. A study carried out by researchers at Cleveland Clinic (United States) has shown that the change in the bacteria living in the digestive tract leads to an increase in a compound…

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L-carnitine, a chemical compound widely present in red meat (and also some energy drinks), alters the composition of gut microbiota, leading to a potentially increased risk of heart disease. A study carried out by researchers at Cleveland Clinic (United States) has shown that the change in the bacteria living in the digestive tract leads to an increase in a compound…

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Research & Practice

Gut microbial communities display inter-individual variation and current research focuses on studying the gastrointestinal microbiome at both compositional and functional levels. Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is a disease conditioned by an interplay of both genetics and environment. Links between gut microbiota and T1DM are still uncertain. A recent study, led by Dr. Paul Wilmes from the Luxembourg Centre for…

Paul Enck
Prof. Dr. Paul Enck, Director of Research, Dept. of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Tübingen, Germany. His main interests are gut functions in health and disease, including functional and inflammatory bowel disorders, the role of the gut microbiota, regulation of eating and food intake and its disorders, of nausea, vomiting and motion sickness, and the psychophysiology and neurobiology of the placebo response, with specific emphasis on age and gender contributions. He has published more than 170 original data paper in scientific, peer-reviewed journals, and more than 250 book chapters and review articles. He is board member/treasurer of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility and of the German Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, and has served as reviewer for many international journals and grant agencies.

Gut microbial communities display inter-individual variation and current research focuses on studying the gastrointestinal microbiome at both compositional and functional levels. Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is a disease conditioned by an interplay of both genetics and environment. Links between gut microbiota and T1DM are still uncertain. A recent study, led by Dr. Paul Wilmes from the Luxembourg Centre for…

Paul Enck
Prof. Dr. Paul Enck, Director of Research, Dept. of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Tübingen, Germany. His main interests are gut functions in health and disease, including functional and inflammatory bowel disorders, the role of the gut microbiota, regulation of eating and food intake and its disorders, of nausea, vomiting and motion sickness, and the psychophysiology and neurobiology of the placebo response, with specific emphasis on age and gender contributions. He has published more than 170 original data paper in scientific, peer-reviewed journals, and more than 250 book chapters and review articles. He is board member/treasurer of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility and of the German Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, and has served as reviewer for many international journals and grant agencies.

On November 24th 2016, the Gairdner Foundation and the Farncombe Institute at McMaster University (Canada) held a joint symposium, “The Intestinal Microbiome: Beyond Associations and into the Clinic”. The meeting was organized by Dr. Stephen Collins, director of the Farncombe Institute, and Dr. Janet Rossant, President and Scientific Director of the Gairdner Foundation, and featured leading experts in the microbiome…

Heather Galipeau
Heather Galipeau is a Research Associate at McMaster University (Canada) where she is researching dietary and microbial interactions in celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. She obtained her PhD in 2015 from McMaster University in Elena Verdu’s lab, during which she found that the small intestinal microbial background influences the degree of immuno-pathology triggered by dietary antigens, such as gluten.

On November 24th 2016, the Gairdner Foundation and the Farncombe Institute at McMaster University (Canada) held a joint symposium, “The Intestinal Microbiome: Beyond Associations and into the Clinic”. The meeting was organized by Dr. Stephen Collins, director of the Farncombe Institute, and Dr. Janet Rossant, President and Scientific Director of the Gairdner Foundation, and featured leading experts in the microbiome…

Heather Galipeau
Heather Galipeau is a Research Associate at McMaster University (Canada) where she is researching dietary and microbial interactions in celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. She obtained her PhD in 2015 from McMaster University in Elena Verdu’s lab, during which she found that the small intestinal microbial background influences the degree of immuno-pathology triggered by dietary antigens, such as gluten.

The accumulation of excess abdominal fat is a crucial risk factor for cardio-metabolic disease and recent research has shown that gut microbiota may play an important role in obesity and metabolic disorders. However, little is known regarding the relationship between visceral fat and the human faecal microbiome. A recent cross-sectional study, led by Prof. Tim Spector and Dr. Jordana Bell…

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 accumulation of excess abdominal fat is a crucial risk factor for cardio-metabolic disease and recent research has shown that gut microbiota may play an important role in obesity and metabolic disorders. However, little is known regarding the relationship between visceral fat and the human faecal microbiome. A recent cross-sectional study, led by Prof. Tim Spector and Dr. Jordana Bell…

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

Metabolic syndrome, a group of several disturbances including obesity, insulin resistance, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease that pose as risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, has been previously associated with vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency in epidemiological studies. In addition, gut microbiota dysbiosis is involved in metabolic disorders with underlying chronic systemic inflammation. However, the causal role of vitamin D deficiency…

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

Metabolic syndrome, a group of several disturbances including obesity, insulin resistance, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease that pose as risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, has been previously associated with vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency in epidemiological studies. In addition, gut microbiota dysbiosis is involved in metabolic disorders with underlying chronic systemic inflammation. However, the causal role of vitamin D deficiency…

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

For many humans affected by obesity, the challenge of initial weight loss is less than the challenge of maintaining the weight loss over the long term. Studies in large populations have found that, while long-term maintenance of weight loss is possible, its prevalence in real life remains below satisfactory levels. Individuals may experience recurrent weight gain and re-emergence of metabolic…

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

For many humans affected by obesity, the challenge of initial weight loss is less than the challenge of maintaining the weight loss over the long term. Studies in large populations have found that, while long-term maintenance of weight loss is possible, its prevalence in real life remains below satisfactory levels. Individuals may experience recurrent weight gain and re-emergence of metabolic…

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