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A baby’s diaper may not be the most pleasant thing to look at, but what it contains can provide doctors with a hint about whether that child may develop asthma later in life, thus allowing them to start treating him or her in order to prevent the disease. Researchers have found that four bacteria found in the faeces of a…

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A baby’s diaper may not be the most pleasant thing to look at, but what it contains can provide doctors with a hint about whether that child may develop asthma later in life, thus allowing them to start treating him or her in order to prevent the disease. Researchers have found that four bacteria found in the faeces of a…

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Martin J. Blaser, director of the Department of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine, is one of the world's greatest experts in the relationship between use and overuse of antibiotics and the gut microbiota. We were able to interview him during the 4th Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit and discover the biological cost of antibiotic overuse, what…

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Martin J. Blaser, director of the Department of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine, is one of the world's greatest experts in the relationship between use and overuse of antibiotics and the gut microbiota. We were able to interview him during the 4th Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit and discover the biological cost of antibiotic overuse, what…

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Patrice D. Cani is a researcher and Professor from the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS) and team leader in the Metabolism and Nutrition research group at the Université catholique de Louvain's Brussels-based Louvain Drug Research Institute. He was one of the scientists who came up with the concept of a prebiotic while working at Nathalie Delzenne’s and Marcel Roberfroid’s…

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Patrice D. Cani is a researcher and Professor from the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS) and team leader in the Metabolism and Nutrition research group at the Université catholique de Louvain's Brussels-based Louvain Drug Research Institute. He was one of the scientists who came up with the concept of a prebiotic while working at Nathalie Delzenne’s and Marcel Roberfroid’s…

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In the human body, immune system activity needs to be set at just the right level. Like a volume dial that must be set loud enough to hear, but not so loud that the neighbours come knocking, immune responses can be neither too high nor too low. High activity means the body starts attacking its own healthy tissues, and low…

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In the human body, immune system activity needs to be set at just the right level. Like a volume dial that must be set loud enough to hear, but not so loud that the neighbours come knocking, immune responses can be neither too high nor too low. High activity means the body starts attacking its own healthy tissues, and low…

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Over millions of years of evolution, humans and their gut microorganisms get on well and have a mutually beneficial relationship. We provide the microorganisms with shelter and nourishment and in exchange, these hundreds of trillions of tiny microbes living inside us contribute to our health and metabolism by performing different and important tasks. One key function is how they help…

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Over millions of years of evolution, humans and their gut microorganisms get on well and have a mutually beneficial relationship. We provide the microorganisms with shelter and nourishment and in exchange, these hundreds of trillions of tiny microbes living inside us contribute to our health and metabolism by performing different and important tasks. One key function is how they help…

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Research & Practice

In microbiome research, many mechanistic insights are enabled through the use of animal models. A new paper co-led by Andy Wullaert in Belgium and Kathy McCoy in Switzerland addresses a major question about the use of animal models and the conclusions drawn from experiments that are not rigorously designed. Although it is well known that gut microbiota is important in…

Hervé Blottière
Research Director at INRA, the French National Research Institute for Agricultural and Food Research, Hervé Blottière presently heads a research laboratory studying the Human Intestinal Ecosystem within the MICALIS institute “Food and Gut Microbiology for Human Health”. He is Scientific Director of the MetaGenoPolis initiative, a platform of excellence dedicated to quantitative and functional metagenomics, funded by the French government Futures Investments, where he has set up a robotic platform to allow high throughput screenings. He is also involved in ANR, the French National Research Agency, and the EU funded projects on Human Gut Microbiota and Health: MetaHIT, Cross-Talk and MetaCardis. Hervé Blottière obtained a PhD in Tumor Immunology from the University of Nantes (France) in 1989, and spent two years at the Wistar Institute (Philadelphia, U.S.A.). His main research interest is the Functional Metagenomics approach to study host-microbiota cross-talk. He has published >135 publications in peer reviewed scientific journals. His goal is to provide a better understanding of the symbiosis between gut microbiota and its host and to decipher the mechanisms of interaction between intestinal bacteria and human mucosal cells at the molecular level. Finding these molecular mediators will provide target for manipulation or therapeutics tools to restore symbiosis in chronic diseases.

In microbiome research, many mechanistic insights are enabled through the use of animal models. A new paper co-led by Andy Wullaert in Belgium and Kathy McCoy in Switzerland addresses a major question about the use of animal models and the conclusions drawn from experiments that are not rigorously designed. Although it is well known that gut microbiota is important in…

Hervé Blottière
Research Director at INRA, the French National Research Institute for Agricultural and Food Research, Hervé Blottière presently heads a research laboratory studying the Human Intestinal Ecosystem within the MICALIS institute “Food and Gut Microbiology for Human Health”. He is Scientific Director of the MetaGenoPolis initiative, a platform of excellence dedicated to quantitative and functional metagenomics, funded by the French government Futures Investments, where he has set up a robotic platform to allow high throughput screenings. He is also involved in ANR, the French National Research Agency, and the EU funded projects on Human Gut Microbiota and Health: MetaHIT, Cross-Talk and MetaCardis. Hervé Blottière obtained a PhD in Tumor Immunology from the University of Nantes (France) in 1989, and spent two years at the Wistar Institute (Philadelphia, U.S.A.). His main research interest is the Functional Metagenomics approach to study host-microbiota cross-talk. He has published >135 publications in peer reviewed scientific journals. His goal is to provide a better understanding of the symbiosis between gut microbiota and its host and to decipher the mechanisms of interaction between intestinal bacteria and human mucosal cells at the molecular level. Finding these molecular mediators will provide target for manipulation or therapeutics tools to restore symbiosis in chronic diseases.

Gut-related symptoms, including flatulence, bloating, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea, food intolerance, incontinence, and abdominal pain affect approximately one third of the general population, according to the World Gastroenterology Organisation. Among the functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) that are characterized by persistent and recurring GI symptoms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects around 11% of the population globally and can interfere with…

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Gut-related symptoms, including flatulence, bloating, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea, food intolerance, incontinence, and abdominal pain affect approximately one third of the general population, according to the World Gastroenterology Organisation. Among the functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) that are characterized by persistent and recurring GI symptoms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects around 11% of the population globally and can interfere with…

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Many questions arise when it comes to probiotics and gut microbiota. By what mechanisms of action can probiotics affect host health? What is the role of probiotics in preventing healthcare-associated infections? Do probiotics affect the intestinal barrier? The Gut Microbiota for Health publishing team has asked a selection of world-leading experts to weigh in on the answers, and we're pleased…

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Many questions arise when it comes to probiotics and gut microbiota. By what mechanisms of action can probiotics affect host health? What is the role of probiotics in preventing healthcare-associated infections? Do probiotics affect the intestinal barrier? The Gut Microbiota for Health publishing team has asked a selection of world-leading experts to weigh in on the answers, and we're pleased…

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At the end of 2017, GMFH celebrated its 5th anniversary. As a wrap-up of this celebration, we asked members of our Gut Microbiota for Health board of experts to share their thoughts, on video, about these 5 years in which they contributed toward increased knowledge about the gut microbiota and its role in health, and made the initiative what it’s…

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At the end of 2017, GMFH celebrated its 5th anniversary. As a wrap-up of this celebration, we asked members of our Gut Microbiota for Health board of experts to share their thoughts, on video, about these 5 years in which they contributed toward increased knowledge about the gut microbiota and its role in health, and made the initiative what it’s…

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Gut Microbiota for Health is pleased to present its “Year at a Glance 2017” document! With an editorial from Prof. Fernando Azpiroz, Head of the Gut Microbiota & Health section of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ESNM), Vienna (Austria), this report summarizes the important breakthroughs in gut microbiota research in 2017. The last year has been a special…

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Gut Microbiota for Health is pleased to present its “Year at a Glance 2017” document! With an editorial from Prof. Fernando Azpiroz, Head of the Gut Microbiota & Health section of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ESNM), Vienna (Austria), this report summarizes the important breakthroughs in gut microbiota research in 2017. The last year has been a special…

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