The future of the microbiome

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Research has shown that the state of our gut microbiome plays a hugely important role in our mental and physical health. And the supplements industry has responded with a veritable glut of gut-health-focused nutrition and services.

As the industry readies itself to apply the latest research and develop a new generation of gut-health-related products and services, this NutraIngredients webinar explores ways to build on its positive momentum, with Macfarlane and Robertson responding to questions such as:

  • What new scientific discoveries are set to impact this market?
  • What could these mean for the ‘gut-health’ sector? and
  • How can consumers be assured that these products will have positive effects on their microbiomes?

About the panel

Lisa Macfarlane

As ‘chief guinea pigs’ for Professor Tim Spector and the Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology at Kings College, UK, Lisa Macfarlane and twin sister Alana discovered that despite their identical DNA, their gut microbiomes were only 30 to 40 per cent similar, explaining why their bodies behaved differently even when they ate the same foods. This was the impetus for The Gut Stuff, an online store selling ‘gut starter boxes’ and disseminating gut-health information backed by an expert team of nutritionists, dieticians, GP’s and scientists.

Dr Ruairi Robertson

After obtaining a BSc in Human Nutrition from University College Dublin and a PhD in Microbiology from the APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork, Dr Ruairi Robertson was a visiting researcher at Harvard University Medical School, where he examined the role of dietary omega-3 fatty acids on the developing microbiome, the gut-brain axis and metabolic health outcomes. Currently, Dr Robertson is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Blizard Institute at Queen Mary University, where he is researching the gut microbiome’s influence in early child growth and malnutrition.

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