Who we are2021-05-28T00:18:51+02:00

Executive Board

Giovanni Barbara


Giovanni BarbaraDr. Barbara is Professor of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at the University of Bologna. His research focuses on neurogastroenterology, brain-gut interactions, and the intestinal microenvironment (microbiota-host interactions). He is member of the Steering Committee of ESNM and member of the Board of Directors of the Rome Foundation. He holds the Master Award in Gastroenterology for Basic and Clinical Research in Digestive Science from the American Gastroenterological Association.

Joël Doré


Joël DoréResearch Director at the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, INRAE, Dr. Joël Doré is currently Scientific Director of the Pre-Industrial Demonstrator MetaGenoPolis, a platform of excellence dedicated to quantitative and functional metagenomics, funded by the French government Futures Investments. He is co-lead of a research team of the MICALIS institute “Food and Gut Microbiology for Human Health”.

Daniel Pohl


Giovanni BarbaraDaniel Pohl is Head of the Neurogastroenterology and Motility Unit at the University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland. Besides managing a very busy clinic his research interests include upper gut motility and dysmotility, nutrient intolerance and disorders of brain-gut interaction. Daniel is the co-founder of the Swiss Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (SwissNGM) and Member of the executive committee of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ESNM).

René van den Wijngaard

Editorial Board Coordinator

Dr van den Wijngaard’s research focus is on the role of mast cells and gut fungi/yeast in abdominal pain complaints of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). He undertook his PhD training at Amsterdam UMC where he next became a scientific staff member in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He carries out his research activities in the Gut Research group at the Tytgat Institute for Liver and Intestinal Research.

Board of Experts

Mary Ellen Sanders

United States of America

Mary Ellen SandersMary 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 and is currently the organization’s executive science officer.

Premysl Bercik


Premysl BercikDr. Bercik obtained an MD degree from Charles University, Prague, Czechoslovakia. He then pursued post-graduate doctoral studies at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where he investigated neural control of gastrointestinal motility.

Patrice D. Cani


Professor Patrice D. Cani is a researcher from the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS-WELBIO). He is leading a team at the Louvain Drug Research Institute (LDRI) from the University of Louvain (UCLouvain), Brussels, Belgium. His main research interests are the investigation of interactions between the gut microbiota and the host in the context of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiometabolic disorders and cancer. He is author and co-author of more than 260 scientific research publications, reviews and book chapters. His motto is: “In Gut We Trust”.

Elena Verdú


Elena VerdúDr. 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.

James Versalovic

United States of America

James VersalovicDr. Versalovic currently serves as Pathologist-In-Chief at Texas Children’s Hospital. He also serves as Vice Chair of Pathology & Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), and Director of the Texas Children’s Microbiome Center. He holds the Milton J. Finegold endowed chair as Professor of Pathology & Immunology, and is Professor of Pediatrics, Molecular and Human Genetics, and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at BCM.

Stéphane Schneider


Stéphane SchneiderProfessor Stéphane Schneider heads the Nutritional Support Unit in the Gastroenterology and Nutrition Department Archet University Hospital in Nice (France). He is also head of the Nice University Hospital’s food-nutrition liaison committee. Dr. Schneider is vice-president of the French-Speaking Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (SFNEP), and former chair of the Educational and Clinical Practice Committee of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN).

Hervé M. Blottière


Hervé M. BlottièreResearch Director at INRAE, 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”.

Publishing team

Andreu Prados

Editor - Spain

Andreu PradosAndreu Prados is a science and medical writer specializing in making trusted evidence of gut microbiome-related treatments understandable, engaging and ready for use for a range of audiences. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Pharmacy and Human Nutrition and Dietetics and a PhD in nutrition communication. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Cristina Sáez

Editor - Spain

Cristina Saez is a freelance science journalist. She works for several media, for instance the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, where she coordinates the science section, Big Vang; as well as research centres and scientific societies. She has been awarded for her journalistic work, among others, with the Boehringer Ingelheim Award in Medical Journalism 2015. Follow Cristina on Twitter @saez_cristina

Allison Clark

Editor - Spain

Allison Clark has a master in nutrition and health from Open University in Barcelona and a master in journalism. She is a freelance writer and nutritionist and has written various peer review papers about the role the gut microbiota plays in health, disease and endurance exercise performance. Allison is passionate about the role diet and the gut microbiota play in health and disease. Follow her on Twitter @Heal_your_Gut

Manon Oliero

Editor - Canada

Manon Oliero is starting her PhD about gut microbiota, nutrition and cancer at the CRCHUM of Montreal. Before, she specialized in the gut microbiota and nutrition field by obtaining a master’s degree in Paris in microbiology and a food and health engineer degree in Beauvais. She first meets the scientific communication world in Barcelona after her work on gut microbiota and diet at the VHIR. She is really concern about health of the population and believe that with a better diet and lifestyle we can all make ourselves healthier.

Konstantina Zafeiropoulou

Editor - Netherlands

Konstantina ZafeiropoulouKonstantina Zafeiropoulou is a dietitian with strong scientific interest in the diet-microbiota interactions and their role in human health and disease. She holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Glasgow, during which she explored the involvement of gut microbiota in the etiopathogenesis of Celiac Disease and evaluated the gluten free diet-microbiota interactions. She is currently a PhD candidate at Amsterdam UMC unraveling the role of gut microbiota and long-term dietary patterns in the development of postoperative colorectal anastomotic leakage. Follow Konstantina on Twitter @zaf_kon and LinkedIn.