Healthcare Professionals

Being updated in gut microbiome research is a challenge even as a scientist or healthcare professional. Have a look at this new free online course instructed by Clara Belzer for learning more about how to distinguish fact from fiction about the role of the microbiome in health and disease.

This clinically-oriented summary of gut microbiota research was developed by members of the Gut Microbiota and Health section of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology & Motility (ESNM), and was approved by the Board of Directors of the Section and by the Steering Committee of ESNM.

Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) for patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) has shown mixed clinical results (see recent trials here and here). In a new pilot study, published as open access, Faming Zhang and colleagues tested the safety and efficacy of a "step-up" FMT strategy in 15 steroid-dependent UC patients.

Between January 2010 and April 2015, 901 patients with CDI were identified, with a gradual increase over time (2010= 54 patients; 2011= 116 patients; 2012= 200 patients; 2013= 212 patients; 2014= 268 patients; January-April 2015= 71 patients). Thirty-five patients with severe cases underwent FMT: 7 in 2013, 16 in 2014, and 12 between January and April 2015.