The MoBioFood (Molecular Bioactivity of Foods) Research Group from the Biochemistry and Biotechnology Department at the Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona (Spain) focuses on the interaction of flavonoids with the enteroendocrine system, and the role of these compounds in maintaining intestinal barrier integrity and/or inducing anti-inflammatory effects in the gastrointestinal tract.

A recent study, led by Dr. Wendy A. Henderson from the National Institute of Nursing Research at National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda (USA), and co-authored by Research Fellow Dr. Nicolaas Fourie, has found that the oral microbiota could be a useful source of information in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).