Who we are2021-04-01T14:02:22+02:00

Who we are

Launched in 2012 by the Gut Microbiota and Health section of the European Society for Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ESNM), our mission is to share knowledge and promote debate regarding gut microbiota. Our goal is to raise awareness and interest on the gut’s bacterial community and its importance for our health and quality of life, both among the scientific and medical community and society in general.

With more than 100,000 members around the globe, our platform has become an international benchmark for gut microbiota information and debate. We encourage contributions and interactions from readers and followers via our website and social media channels (FacebookTwitter @GMFHxTwitter @GutmicrobiotaWWTwitter @Food4Gut_Health, Instagram, Youtube, and LinkedIn).

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News Watch - Gut Microbiota for Health

Gut Microbiota News Watch is a section on the Gut Microbiota for Health platform dedicated to expanding knowledge about gut microbiota’s importance for health and quality of life among the media and society in general. Using clear and easy-to-understand language, our aim is to keep our readers up-to-date on the latest facts and news about gut microbiota.

We publish content in English, French and Spanish. Interviews with experts, videos, book reviews and discussions about recent findings from leading international research bodies are just part of what you can find in our section. The content we share on our site is sent to our subscribers via our monthly Gut Microbiota for Health News Watch Newsletter (also available in 3 languages). You can subscribe on our homepage.

Research & Practice - Gut Microbiota for Health

Gut Microbiota Research & Practice is a section of the Gut Microbiota for Health platform dedicated to promoting knowledge-sharing and debate among researchers, scientists and healthcare professionals. It offers a selection of discussions about articles from scientific literature as well as other content including interviews with experts, event reports, and special publications. The new content we publish is sent to our subscribers via our monthly Gut Microbiota for Health Research & Practice Newsletter. You can subscribe on our homepage.

Food 4 Gut Health was launched on Twitter in 2016 to generate conversation around food, nutrition and gut health. After 3 years of active debate, it has become a new section of Gut Microbiota for Health platform dedicated to promoting the role of food in gut function among dietitians and healthcare professionals.

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Meet our Board of Experts

Joël Doré


Joël DoréResearch Director at the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, INRAE, Dr. Joël Doré is currently President of the Executive Committee of the Pre-Industrial Demonstrator MetaGenoPolis, a platform of excellence dedicated to quantitative and functional metagenomics, funded by the French government Futures Investments.

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 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”.

Meet our publishing team

René van den Wijngaard

Editorial Head – Netherland

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.

Andreu Prados

Editor - Spain

Andreu PradosAndreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialized in gut microbiota, nutrition and gastroenterology, working also as a health communication consultant and lecturer in health 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.

Megan Mouw

Editor - Canada

Megan MouwMegan Mouw holds a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from McGill University (Canada). Driven by her experiences at UCSF medical center in San Francisco, Megan is passionate about the role that the gut microbiota plays in maintaining health and wellness. She is currently perusing graduate studies in Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of California Santa Cruz and hopes to share her love of science through writing.