If the Gut Microbiome is a topic of interest, read the first articles in the Society's new Journal, Gut Microbiome.
Soon after birth, the human intestine starts to get colonised by an increasing number of bacteria, viruses and fungi, collectively called the microbiota. In adulthood, each person has its own specific microbiota that remains more or less stable as long as environmental factors like food and drugs intake remain constant. The microbiota and its host have a symbiotic relationship which means that both parties benefit from the presence of the other. The host provides a favourable environment for the bacteria to flourish and in turn, the bacteria accomplish important metabolic functions. In recent years, it has become clear that the microbiota is essential for the normal functioning of the gut. In addition, evidence accumulates that the microbiota also plays a role outside the gut. It may even affect how we feel. Furthermore, disturbances in microbiota composition have been associated with several diseases. As a consequence, interventions targeting the microbiota are increasingly investigated as strategies to improve health.
This webinar, run by the Editor in Chief of Gut Microbiome, Professor Kristin Verbeke, will explain the present state of knowledge of the impact of our microbiota on health, of how the microbiota interacts and communicates with the host and how the microbiota is involved in the pathogenesis of diseases. We will also overview the currently available strategies to alter the microbiota. Finally, the gaps in our knowledge will be addressed and we will indicate the directions for future research.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
This webinar has been endorsed by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) (EN175).