Category : Nutrition

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.

In recent years, several studies reported a shift in the intestinal microbiota in humans and mice in response to high-fat diets. This shift is characterised by a reduction of Bacteroidetes and an increase of Firmicutes. The Erysipelotrichi, a bacterial class within the Firmicutes, was shown to be associated with symptoms of the metabolic syndrome. Furthermore, faecal transplantation transmitted the obese…

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In recent years, several studies reported a shift in the intestinal microbiota in humans and mice in response to high-fat diets. This shift is characterised by a reduction of Bacteroidetes and an increase of Firmicutes. The Erysipelotrichi, a bacterial class within the Firmicutes, was shown to be associated with symptoms of the metabolic syndrome. Furthermore, faecal transplantation transmitted the obese…

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Dr. W. Allan Walker of Harvard Medical School was the chair of the organizing committee for the 2014 Harvard Probiotics Symposium. He caught up with Gut Microbiota for Health after the conference to give an overview of the event. See our additional coverage of the Harvard Probiotics Symposium here. What is the value of an event like the Harvard Probiotics Symposium?…

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. W. Allan Walker of Harvard Medical School was the chair of the organizing committee for the 2014 Harvard Probiotics Symposium. He caught up with Gut Microbiota for Health after the conference to give an overview of the event. See our additional coverage of the Harvard Probiotics Symposium here. What is the value of an event like the Harvard Probiotics Symposium?…

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. Josef Neu is a neonatologist and pediatrician, as well as an associate professor at the University of Florida. He researches developmental gastroenterology and neonatal nutrition. He sat down with Gut Microbiota for Health at the Harvard Probiotics Symposium 2014, after his presentation: The Perinatal Microbiome: Implications for Health and Disease. What struck you during the Harvard Probiotics Symposium sessions? I…

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. Josef Neu is a neonatologist and pediatrician, as well as an associate professor at the University of Florida. He researches developmental gastroenterology and neonatal nutrition. He sat down with Gut Microbiota for Health at the Harvard Probiotics Symposium 2014, after his presentation: The Perinatal Microbiome: Implications for Health and Disease. What struck you during the Harvard Probiotics Symposium sessions? I…

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

In a previous GMFH article, ‘PROBIOTICS’ PART I: A BRANCHING DEFINITION, we covered recent updates to the definition of probiotics as discussed at the October 2013 meeting organized by The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP). Three of the scientific experts on the ISAPP panel – Dr. Francisco Guarner (University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain), Dr. Mary Ellen…

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In a previous GMFH article, ‘PROBIOTICS’ PART I: A BRANCHING DEFINITION, we covered recent updates to the definition of probiotics as discussed at the October 2013 meeting organized by The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP). Three of the scientific experts on the ISAPP panel – Dr. Francisco Guarner (University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain), Dr. Mary Ellen…

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Probiotics have a well-known definition that has been cited for over a decade: ‘Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host’. Written in a 2001 joint report of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (FAO/WHO), it is a definition that served well at the time,…

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Probiotics have a well-known definition that has been cited for over a decade: ‘Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host’. Written in a 2001 joint report of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (FAO/WHO), it is a definition that served well at the time,…

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My name is Demian Herrera and I’m a paediatrician, working right now in private consult and as a teacher for paediatrics for medical students and physiology and biochemistry for odontology students; I have a passion for the intestinal microbiome and its implications, and I am doing some research involving the relationship between diarrhoea and nutrition. I believe, as a paediatrician,…

Demian Herrera
Pediatrician working in private consult, teaching biochemistry and physiology in an introductory manner for odontology students, teaching pediatrics for med students. Researching in the topic of diarrhea and nutrition on children, author and creator of the blog Somos los que comemos, link attached (http://comidaymicrobioma.blogspot.com/), member of CHIFA and representative in Dominican Republic and Senior Contributor of Global Health Trials and working on implementing a regional faculty of GHT in Dominican Republic.

My name is Demian Herrera and I’m a paediatrician, working right now in private consult and as a teacher for paediatrics for medical students and physiology and biochemistry for odontology students; I have a passion for the intestinal microbiome and its implications, and I am doing some research involving the relationship between diarrhoea and nutrition. I believe, as a paediatrician,…

Demian Herrera
Pediatrician working in private consult, teaching biochemistry and physiology in an introductory manner for odontology students, teaching pediatrics for med students. Researching in the topic of diarrhea and nutrition on children, author and creator of the blog Somos los que comemos, link attached (http://comidaymicrobioma.blogspot.com/), member of CHIFA and representative in Dominican Republic and Senior Contributor of Global Health Trials and working on implementing a regional faculty of GHT in Dominican Republic.

Researchers from Israel recently published in Nature how NAS [Non-caloric artificial sweeteners] affect glucose tolerance. In an initial experiment, researchers found mice that consumed water, glucose, or sucrose had comparable glucose tolerance curves, but all 3 mouse groups consuming NAS (either saccharin, sucralose, or aspartame) developed marked glucose intolerance. They focused on saccharin for the next series of experiments, since…

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Researchers from Israel recently published in Nature how NAS [Non-caloric artificial sweeteners] affect glucose tolerance. In an initial experiment, researchers found mice that consumed water, glucose, or sucrose had comparable glucose tolerance curves, but all 3 mouse groups consuming NAS (either saccharin, sucralose, or aspartame) developed marked glucose intolerance. They focused on saccharin for the next series of experiments, since…

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Patrick Veiga and MetaHIT colleagues tested how fermented milks product could modulate microbiota. Using a metagenomics approach, they found that the abundance of unknown species increased in the gut when patients took the fermented milk product. Having access to the functional content, authors found that those species had the functional potential to produce butyrate. Patrick Veiga accepted to give us…

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Patrick Veiga and MetaHIT colleagues tested how fermented milks product could modulate microbiota. Using a metagenomics approach, they found that the abundance of unknown species increased in the gut when patients took the fermented milk product. Having access to the functional content, authors found that those species had the functional potential to produce butyrate. Patrick Veiga accepted to give us…

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In Science Report journal, Zhang and colleagues published a study about Mongolians known to have their own typical lifestyle, notably in terms of dietary habits. Using 16S rDNA pyrosequencing, researchers showed the presence of a phylogenetic core microbiota comprising the genera Prevotella, Bacteroides, Faecalibacterium, Ruminococcus, Subdoligranulum and Coprococcus. They have shown that urbanisation may change the composition of their gut…

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In Science Report journal, Zhang and colleagues published a study about Mongolians known to have their own typical lifestyle, notably in terms of dietary habits. Using 16S rDNA pyrosequencing, researchers showed the presence of a phylogenetic core microbiota comprising the genera Prevotella, Bacteroides, Faecalibacterium, Ruminococcus, Subdoligranulum and Coprococcus. They have shown that urbanisation may change the composition of their gut…

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