Category : Gut Microbiota

Dr. Gail Hecht is Professor of Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology, and Chief, Gastroenterology and Nutrition, at Loyola University Chicago. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Gut Microbes, published by Landes Bioscience. How did you become interested in studying pathogens? I did a Master’s in microbiology... For various reasons [I] decided to go to medical school [afterward]. But research always interested me.…

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

Dr. Gail Hecht is Professor of Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology, and Chief, Gastroenterology and Nutrition, at Loyola University Chicago. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Gut Microbes, published by Landes Bioscience. How did you become interested in studying pathogens? I did a Master’s in microbiology... For various reasons [I] decided to go to medical school [afterward]. But research always interested me.…

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

Philippe de Timary, MD., Ph.D., is a researcher and psychiatrist in the department of Adult Psychiatry and Institute of Neuroscience at Catholic University of Louvain and Hospital Saint-Luc in Brussels, Belgium. With a colleague, Professor Peter Starkel, he opened a clinical unit in the hospital that specializes in the treatment and rehabilitation of alcohol-dependent patients. Recently, de Timary and his colleagues in the lab of Nathalie…

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

Philippe de Timary, MD., Ph.D., is a researcher and psychiatrist in the department of Adult Psychiatry and Institute of Neuroscience at Catholic University of Louvain and Hospital Saint-Luc in Brussels, Belgium. With a colleague, Professor Peter Starkel, he opened a clinical unit in the hospital that specializes in the treatment and rehabilitation of alcohol-dependent patients. Recently, de Timary and his colleagues in the lab of Nathalie…

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

Observational studies in humans have shown that early life exposure to microbes in a variety of situations is associated with a decreased risk of asthma. These include: - Exposure of a pregnant mother to microbes in order to protect her baby - Exposure of children to livestock or dogs - Growing up with numerous siblings Meanwhile, disruption of normal colonization…

Mary Ellen Sanders
Mary Ellen Sanders is a consultant in the area of probiotic microbiology, with special expertise on paths to scientific substantiation of probiotic product label claims. Dr. Sanders served as the founding president of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) and is currently the organization’s Director of Scientific Affairs/ Executive Officer. This international, non-profit association of academic and industrial scientists is dedicated to advancing the science of probiotics and prebiotics (www.isapp.net). Through numerous written, oral and video pieces, including a website, www.usprobiotics.org, she strives to provide objective, evidence-based information on probiotics for consumers and professionals. Key activities include: Panels to determine GRAS status of probiotic strains ; member of the American Gastroenterological Association Scientific Advisory Board for AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education ; World Gastroenterology Organisation Committee preparing practice guidelines for the use of probiotics and prebiotics for GI indications (2008, 2011, 2014) ; working group convened by the FAO/WHO that developed guidelines for probiotics (2002).

Observational studies in humans have shown that early life exposure to microbes in a variety of situations is associated with a decreased risk of asthma. These include: - Exposure of a pregnant mother to microbes in order to protect her baby - Exposure of children to livestock or dogs - Growing up with numerous siblings Meanwhile, disruption of normal colonization…

Mary Ellen Sanders
Mary Ellen Sanders is a consultant in the area of probiotic microbiology, with special expertise on paths to scientific substantiation of probiotic product label claims. Dr. Sanders served as the founding president of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) and is currently the organization’s Director of Scientific Affairs/ Executive Officer. This international, non-profit association of academic and industrial scientists is dedicated to advancing the science of probiotics and prebiotics (www.isapp.net). Through numerous written, oral and video pieces, including a website, www.usprobiotics.org, she strives to provide objective, evidence-based information on probiotics for consumers and professionals. Key activities include: Panels to determine GRAS status of probiotic strains ; member of the American Gastroenterological Association Scientific Advisory Board for AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education ; World Gastroenterology Organisation Committee preparing practice guidelines for the use of probiotics and prebiotics for GI indications (2008, 2011, 2014) ; working group convened by the FAO/WHO that developed guidelines for probiotics (2002).

Dr. Jonathan Braun (MD, PhD) is a physician and researcher interested in how the immune system affects susceptibility to inflammatory bowel disease and cancer. He studies, among other things, microbial-immune commensalism in the intestine, and new strategies in functional immune assessment. He is a professor at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. At the 2014 Harvard Probiotics Symposium, GMFH interviewed…

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

Dr. Jonathan Braun (MD, PhD) is a physician and researcher interested in how the immune system affects susceptibility to inflammatory bowel disease and cancer. He studies, among other things, microbial-immune commensalism in the intestine, and new strategies in functional immune assessment. He is a professor at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. At the 2014 Harvard Probiotics Symposium, GMFH interviewed…

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

TH17 (T helper 17) has emerged as a novel potential therapeutic agent for the control of intestinal inflammatory conditions. These cells are most abundant in the small intestinal lamina propris. IL-17 (Interleukin 17A) expressing CD4+T lymphocytes (Th17) cells naturally reside in the intestine's lamina propria where specific cytokines and microbiota, such as segmented filamentous bacteria (SFB), promote the differentiation. To…

Laure Bindels
Satheesh Natarajan, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Laboratory of Biomedicine and Molecular Immunology, University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy, in Kosice, Slovakia. His work is in immunology and molecular biology.

TH17 (T helper 17) has emerged as a novel potential therapeutic agent for the control of intestinal inflammatory conditions. These cells are most abundant in the small intestinal lamina propris. IL-17 (Interleukin 17A) expressing CD4+T lymphocytes (Th17) cells naturally reside in the intestine's lamina propria where specific cytokines and microbiota, such as segmented filamentous bacteria (SFB), promote the differentiation. To…

Laure Bindels
Satheesh Natarajan, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Laboratory of Biomedicine and Molecular Immunology, University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy, in Kosice, Slovakia. His work is in immunology and molecular biology.

The GMFH publishing team attended the UEG Week 2014 in Vienna back in October. Here's the Storify summary of our coverage of the event. [View the story "UEGWeek 2014 the gut microbiota pathway" on Storify]

GMFH Editing Team
GMFH Editing Team

The GMFH publishing team attended the UEG Week 2014 in Vienna back in October. Here's the Storify summary of our coverage of the event. [View the story "UEGWeek 2014 the gut microbiota pathway" on Storify]

GMFH Editing Team
GMFH Editing Team

Since 2013, thousands of people have been voluntarily sending samples of microbes from their bodies to the laboratory of Dr. Rob Knight in Boulder, Colorado. The samples are analyzed as part of the American Gut project, a citizen science endeavor funded by the participants themselves. Since American Gut is based on open-source, open-access principles, the data has not disappeared behind…

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

Since 2013, thousands of people have been voluntarily sending samples of microbes from their bodies to the laboratory of Dr. Rob Knight in Boulder, Colorado. The samples are analyzed as part of the American Gut project, a citizen science endeavor funded by the participants themselves. Since American Gut is based on open-source, open-access principles, the data has not disappeared behind…

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

We are pleased to introduce the first edition of our « Best of » series! In this first issue, you have at your fingertips the best way to get up-to-date on the area of gut microbiota, diet and nutrition. In this document, we’ve compiled a selected group of articles, summaries, and interviews from the last two years on our website,…

Elena Verdú
Dr. Verdu’s research has focused on the pathophysiology of inflammatory and functional gastrointestinal disorders. She undertook clinical research training at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where she studied the interaction between chronic infection with Helicobacter pylori and gastritis in humans and the possible therapeutic role of probiotic bacteria. Her PhD studies in the Institute of Microbiology and Gnotobiology at the Czech Academy of Science and University of Lausanne focused on the effect of bacterial antigens in animal models of inflammatory bowel disease. As a post-doctoral fellow at McMaster University she gained experience with animal models of gut functional diseases and investigated the mechanisms of action of probiotic bacteria. As a member of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster University, Dr. Verdu investigates host-microbial and dietary interactions in the context of celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. She has been honored with the New Investigator Award (Canadian Celiac Association), the New Investigator Award (Functional Gut-Brain Research Group, USA) and the Campbell Research Award in celiac disease (Canadian Celiac Association). The American Gastroenterology Association and the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology have awarded her the “Master’s in Gastroenterology Award” for basic science and “Young Investigator’s Award”, respectively. She is Associate Professor at the Division of Gastroenterology, Dep. of Medicine at McMaster University and currently directs the Axenic Gnotobiotic Unit at McMaster.

We are pleased to introduce the first edition of our « Best of » series! In this first issue, you have at your fingertips the best way to get up-to-date on the area of gut microbiota, diet and nutrition. In this document, we’ve compiled a selected group of articles, summaries, and interviews from the last two years on our website,…

Elena Verdú
Dr. Verdu’s research has focused on the pathophysiology of inflammatory and functional gastrointestinal disorders. She undertook clinical research training at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where she studied the interaction between chronic infection with Helicobacter pylori and gastritis in humans and the possible therapeutic role of probiotic bacteria. Her PhD studies in the Institute of Microbiology and Gnotobiology at the Czech Academy of Science and University of Lausanne focused on the effect of bacterial antigens in animal models of inflammatory bowel disease. As a post-doctoral fellow at McMaster University she gained experience with animal models of gut functional diseases and investigated the mechanisms of action of probiotic bacteria. As a member of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster University, Dr. Verdu investigates host-microbial and dietary interactions in the context of celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. She has been honored with the New Investigator Award (Canadian Celiac Association), the New Investigator Award (Functional Gut-Brain Research Group, USA) and the Campbell Research Award in celiac disease (Canadian Celiac Association). The American Gastroenterology Association and the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology have awarded her the “Master’s in Gastroenterology Award” for basic science and “Young Investigator’s Award”, respectively. She is Associate Professor at the Division of Gastroenterology, Dep. of Medicine at McMaster University and currently directs the Axenic Gnotobiotic Unit at McMaster.

The American Microbiome Institute (AMI), established in 2013, is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to advance microbiome science and education. William Bonificio and David McKeon, the co-founders and co-CEOs, have assembled a scientific advisory board that includes Martin Blaser, Rob Knight, and other prominent scientists. Bonificio represented the AMI at the recent Harvard Probiotics Symposium, and sat down with GMFH to talk about…

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

The American Microbiome Institute (AMI), established in 2013, is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to advance microbiome science and education. William Bonificio and David McKeon, the co-founders and co-CEOs, have assembled a scientific advisory board that includes Martin Blaser, Rob Knight, and other prominent scientists. Bonificio represented the AMI at the recent Harvard Probiotics Symposium, and sat down with GMFH to talk about…

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

I participated to the conference "Targeting Microbiota" to update my knowledge concerning the gut microbiota and to foster collaborations with other scientists in the field. It was also a great opportunity to present my ongoing work. This congress was scientifically very fruitful. I was impressed by the quality of the invited speakers. The congress covered a broad panel of pathologies…

Laure Bindels
I am a PharmD with a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. I did my PhD in nutrition and metabolism in the lab of Prof Delzenne (Université catholique de Louvain), working on the interest of gut microbiota modulation in the control of cancer progression and associated cachexia. I spent a year as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Prof Ramer-Tait and Prof Jens Walter) working on resistant starches and gut microbiota, where I acquired skills in gnotobiology and bioinformatics analysis. I am now a FNRS Postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Prof Delzenne.

I participated to the conference "Targeting Microbiota" to update my knowledge concerning the gut microbiota and to foster collaborations with other scientists in the field. It was also a great opportunity to present my ongoing work. This congress was scientifically very fruitful. I was impressed by the quality of the invited speakers. The congress covered a broad panel of pathologies…

Laure Bindels
I am a PharmD with a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. I did my PhD in nutrition and metabolism in the lab of Prof Delzenne (Université catholique de Louvain), working on the interest of gut microbiota modulation in the control of cancer progression and associated cachexia. I spent a year as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Prof Ramer-Tait and Prof Jens Walter) working on resistant starches and gut microbiota, where I acquired skills in gnotobiology and bioinformatics analysis. I am now a FNRS Postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Prof Delzenne.