Gut microbiology scientists gather in Aberdeen
23 June 2010
Over 200 scientists from across the globe are gathering in
Aberdeen this week for a major international conference on gut
The impact of gut bacteria on the health of humans and animals
will be the focus of the three day event (23-25 June), which is
hosted by the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute of Nutrition
and Health and the French Institut National de la Recherche
Recent research into a bacterium found in the gut, which has been
found to help prevent inflammatory bowel disease, will be among the
topics addressed during the conference.
Scientists from the Rowett Institute and the INRA have been
involved in collaborative studies investigating how eating certain
foods can increase the presence of this bacterium — called
Faecalibacterium — in the gut and reduce the risk of this chronic
disease. Philippe Langella, of the INRA Unit for Ecology and
Physiology of the Digestive Tract, Jouy-en-Josas, France will
present a lecture on Thursday 24 June on: Faecalibacterium
prausnitzii, a novel anti-inflammatory tool to prevent and to
treat inflammatory bowel disease.
Latest thinking around the impact of gut microbes on diabetes,
and present and future pro and pre-biotic products, and their
potential contribution to health, will be discussed.
The significant contribution of animal methane emissions to
Scotland’s greenhouse gas output, and how they could be managed
through controlling the diets of farm animals will also be
highlighted at the conference.
A keynote lecture by one of the UK’s most high profile
bacteriologists, Professor Hugh Pennington, will close the event on
Friday (June 25).
Professor Harry Flint and Professor John Wallace, from the
University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health have
co-organised the conference which is the seventh in a series that
started in 1997.
Professor Flint said: “The human gut is populated with a vast
array of micro-organisms, outnumbering the amount of human cells in
the body by ten to one.
“Research into the positive and negative impact of these bacteria
on the health of both humans and animals has grown dramatically over
the last decade, as has our understanding of the way in which levels
of these bacteria can be controlled by diet.
“The conference will explore the latest thinking in the field of
gut microbiology, bringing together internationally renowned
scientists and health professionals working in this important area
of nutritional discovery.”
Gut Microbiology: new insights into gut microbial ecosystems, the
seventh joint symposium hosted by the University of Aberdeen Rowett
Institute of Nutrition and Health and the Institut National de la
Recherche Agronomique (IRNA), Clermont-Ferrand-Theix, France will
take place at the Aberdeen Exhibition Centre from June 23 – 25.
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