Name:

ADIYAMAN Suleyman Cem


Profile:

Specialist in internal medicine, currently working in Dokuz Eylul University Gastroenterology Department. Intrested in medical nutrition and its effect on human metabolism and disease progression; Especially in patients with sepsis and malignencies.


Address:

Dokuz Eylul Medical University, Inciralti – Balcova Center, Dokuz Eylul University Hospital, Izmir, Turkey


Tel.:

00902324212222


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E-mail:

cemadiyaman@hotmail.com

Name:

ANTOINE Jean-Michel


Profile:

Specialist in Internal Medicine (1979), Ph. D. in Nutrition (1982), resident and resident in chief in Tours and Nancy university hospitals (1974-82). He joined Danone Company in 1983 to create the department of Nutrition in 1983. He ran over 150 clinical studies, published over 90 papers dealing with post-prandial metabolism, Probiotics, Functional Foods. One of the founder of European Nutrition Leadership Programme, and the African French Speaking NLP. Active participant in International Life Science Institute in Europe.


Address:

Danone Research. RD 128, 91767 Palaiseau Cedex, France


Tel.:

33 1 6935 7220


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E-mail:

jean-michel.antoine@danone.com

Name:

BENGMARK Stig


Profile:

My main interest is human immunology, resistance to disease and prevention of complications in emergency medicine and surgery. Most of my recent works focuses on chronic inflammation and its association to disease, particularly chronic and digestive diseases and on bio-ecological tools to control inflammation, lifestyle, diet, food ingredients, physical treatment of foods, antioxidants, vitamins and probiotics, all with capacity to reduce inflammation and contribute to control of disease. I am member of Academia Europeae and honorary member of several national and international medical associations and colleges and have published more than 1000 research papers and book chapters. Main interest: control of inflammation and chronic endemic diseases


Address:

Division of Surgery & Interventional Science, University College London, 185 Barrier Point Rd, Pontoon Docks , E162SE London, UK


Tel.:

+44 207511 6842


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E-mail:

stig@bengmark.se

Name:

BJORKSTEN Bengt


Profile:

Characterisation of the gut microbiota from birth until 14 years in prospectively collected material from birth cohorts in Estonia and Sweden and in probiotic treatment studies. We have detailed data on the relationship to the development of secretory IgA and serum cytokines and chemokines, as well as well characterised clinical phenotypes. In the recently created Gut-Brain Platform with a starting budget of 4 million € I will be involved in the chracterisation of the gut microbiome in Elderly and in IBS and the consequences of treatment studies.


Address:

The National Institute of Environmental Medicine/IMM, Division of Physiology, Karolinska Institutet, PO Box 287, SE.17177 Stockholm, Sweden


Tel.:

+46 8 5248 6956


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E-mail:

bengt. bjorksten@ki.se

Name:

BOYKO Nadiya


Profile:

Nadiya Boyko, D.Sc., PhD Microbiology, Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Uzhhorod National University in Ukraine. From 2010 I’m also P.i. of the Laboratory of Molecular Microbiology and Mucosal Immunology. Before was working as sabbatical visiting Researcher in Laboratory of Mucosal Immunology, University of Pennsylvania, USA. Partner of BaSeFood, Capinfood, JSO-ERA, BacFoodNet international projects. Main interests are mechanisms of microbial/host cross talk, diet in prevention of metabolic and other relevant diseases, novel composite antimicrobials, pre- and probiotics, functional foods, food safety, biofilms. Coordinator of Ukrainian National Technology Platform “Agro-Food”, Chief Scientific Officer of Regional SK-UA-HU “Cassovia Life Science”.


Address:

Faculty of Medicine, Uzhhorod National University, 46, Pidhirna St., Uzhhorod, 88000, Ukraine


Tel.:

+380506275445


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E-mail:

nadiya.boyko@gmail.com

Name:

BRANDSBORG Erik


Profile:

Erik Brandsborg is the Director of R (CSO) and Quality Assurance at Bifodan. He is qualified person (QP) for Good manufacturing practice (GMP) and Good distribution practice (GDP). According to his respective qualifications he is quality, clinical and non- clinical expert regarding probiotic pharmaceuticals and according to Annex I of Directive 2001/83/EC.The expert has more than 20 years experience in the specialized probiotic process technology. He has developed the EcoVag and Bifolac brand in corporation with R&D group at Bifodan A/S. Especially the optimised process technology regarding the production of stable reproducible lactic acid bacteria formulations with extended shelf live has been of great importance for Bifodans product portfolio. www.bifodan.com


Address:

: Erik Brandsborg; Director, CSO, QP, Bifodan A/S, DK-3390 Hundested, Denmark


Tel.:

+45 4798 1516


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E-mail:

erb@bifodan.com

Name:

CANI Patrice


Profile:

Professor Patrice D. Cani is researcher from the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research and group leader in the Metabolism and Nutrition lab at the Lou- vain Drug Research Institute from the UCL, Brussels, Belgium. He is WELBIO investigator and recipient of an ERC Starting Grant 2013. His main research interests are the investigation of interactions between the gut microbiota, the host and specific biological systems such as the endocan- nabinoid system and the innate immune system in the context of obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic inflammation. He is author and co-author of more than 110 scientific research publications, member of several international associations; he is member of the Alumni College from the Royal Belgian Academy of Sciences.


Address:

Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain Drug Research Institute, Metabolism and Nutrition research group, Av. E. Mounier, 73, B1.73.11, 1200 Bruxelles, Belgium


Tel.:

+32 2 764 73 97


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E-mail:

patrice.cani@uclouvain.be

Name:

CARDELLE Alejandra


Profile:

Started PhD studies at the Department of Food Characterization at Institute of Industrial Fermentations (IFI-CSIC) in Madrid (March 2005). Knowledge and experience in different subjects related to oligosaccharides such as enzymatic synthesis, chromatographic analysis, purification and characterization. Experience in molecular biology techniques to determine in vitro the prebiotic character. Completed PhD in December 2009. Started my post-doctoral training, working under a contract for the IFI on synthesis and characterization of chitosan-based products. Currently, the successful application for a postdoctoral fellowship, for carrying out research abroad, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education, has allowed me to continue my understanding on the chemistry of chitosan as well as on its functional and biological properties at the Portuguese Catholic University in Porto (Portugal).


Address:

Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Escola Superior de Biotecnologia Rúa Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida, 4200-072. Porto, Portugal


Tel.:

+351 22 5580001


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E-mail:

acardelle@esb.ucp.pt

Name:

CIFUENTES Gloria


Profile:

I am an Industrial Microbiologist with MSc in Advanced Biotechnology. Currently I am working at Laboratorios Ordesa and at the same time I am doing the PhD in this company. My research is focused on isolation and characterization of new probiotics and their functional properties that can be used in baby food. Management of molecular techniques: extraction acid nucleics techniques (DNA, RNA), electrophoresis of biomolecules (DNA, RNA, and proteins), PCR techniques (Polimerase Chain Reaction).


Address:

Ordesa, 18-20 08830 Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain


Tel.:

+34 902105243


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E-mail:

Gloria.Cifuentes@ordesa.es

Name:

CORFE Bernard


Profile:

Bernard Corfe initially trained as a microbiologist, but now works at the interface of cancer biology, gut microbiology and nutrition in lower gut health. Primary research interests are in the roles of short chain fatty acids (butyrate, propionate etc) upon the mucosa and the molecular mechanisms by which cell turnover, differentiation and neoplasia are regulated. The proteomic, cytoskeletal, metabolic and histopathological effects of the SCFA on the gut wall in pre- and neoplasia are our main focus. The degree to which gut microbiota and diet define the SCFA composition of that environment and thereby modulate cancer risk are emerging as a key research focus. Research interests extend to IBD and IBS.


Address:

Molecular Gastroenterology Research Group, Academic Unit of Surgical Oncology, Department of Oncology, University of Sheffield, Beech Hill Road, Sheffield, S10 2RX, UK


Tel.:

+44 (0) 114 271 3004


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E-mail:

b.m.corfe@shef.ac.uk

Name:

CUEVAS TENA Maria


Profile:

Graduated in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from University of Valencia (Spain) in 2012. Where I have studied the Master in Food Quality and Safety in 2013. I am currently doing the first year of my PhD in Food Science with the Bionutest research group (http://bionutest.blogs.uv.es/) led by Dr. Reyes Barberá, in the Nutrition and Food Science Area of the University of Valencia (Spain). The main objective of my thesis is to evaluate the influence of colonic fermentation upon plant sterols from functional beverages. The colonic fermentation assay is an in vitro technique (batch culture) which simulates the human colon and the identification and quantification of sterols and their metabolites is done by GC-MS/MS.


Address:

Nutrition and Food Science area, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Valencia, Avd/ Vicente Andrés Estellés s/n. 46100- Burjassot (Valencia) Spain.


Tel.:

(+34) 96 354 49 09


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E-mail:

Maria.Cuevas-Tena@uv.es

Name:

DE LA COCHETIERE Marie-France


Profile:

Dr Marie-France de La Cochetière is a chemist, PhD (Microbiology), and a group leader at the french « Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale » (Inserm). She joined Professor Gilles Potel research group, Infectious Diseases Department, and is in close connection with the department of gastroenterology, in Nantes, France. She developed a co-research group with Biofortis (Mérieux NutriSciences Company) lined up from “omics data” analysis to personalized therapy. Currently it is focussed on risk factors for diarrhea and on pattern recognition studies of specific microbiota communities in oncohematology department and multiple trauma patients.


Address:

Thérapeutiques cliniques et expérimentales des infections, Département des maladies infectieuses, Faculté de médecine, 1 rue Gaston Veil 44035 Nantes cedex - France


Tel.:

(33) 240412840 - 0687390210


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E-mail:

marie-france.de-la-cochetiere@inserm.fr

Name:

DE LOS REYES-GAVILAN Clara


Profile:

Staff Research Scientist, PhD. Probiotics and prebiotics. The activity is mainly, but not exclusively, oriented to the microorganisms of the genus Bifidobacterium : cell adaptation mechanisms to the gastrointestinal stressing factors, metabolism of prebiotic substrates including exopolysaccharides produced by probiotic bacteria, interaction with the intestinal microbiota and with eukaryotic cells of the human host. Probiotics oriented to specific groups of age. Technological and functional properties of bifidobacteria included in yoghurts and fermented milks.


Address:

Instituto de Productos Lácteos de Asturias. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (IPLA-CSIC), Carretera de Infiesto s/n, 33300 Villaviciosa, Asturias, Spain


Tel.:

34 985 893335


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E-mail:

greyes_gavilan@ipla.csic.es

Name:

DIMITROV Dimiter


Profile:

MD (Internist/Endocrinologist) and PhD (Obesity) with special interests in diet-host microbiome interactions and computational modeling.


Address:

Diavita Ltd., Nutrigenomics Center Varna, Medical University Varna, 68 Br.Miladinovi str.; G; 86 Varna, Bulgaria 90000


Tel.:

x


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E-mail:

dimiter.v.dimitrov@gmail.com

Name:

DINAN Ted


Profile:

Professor of Psychiatry and a Principal Investigator in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre at University College Cork. He was previously Chair of Clinical Neurosciences and Professor of Psychological Medicine at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. Prior to that, he was a Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin. He has worked in research laboratories on both sides of the Atlantic and has a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of London. His main research interests are the biology of stress and the impact of the microbiota on brain development and function. In 1995 was awarded the Melvin Ramsey Prize for this research into the biology of stress. His current research is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the Health Research Board and European FP7.


Address:

Department of Psychiatry and Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork, Ireland


Tel.:

+353 21 490 3000


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E-mail:

T.Dinan@ucc.ie

Name:

FAVA Francisca


Profile:

Francesca Fava is a postdoctoral researcher within the Nutrition and Nutrigenomics Group at the Research and Innovation Centre FEM-IASMA, Italy (http://www.iasma.it/) The group provides expertise in gut microbiology, in vitro and in vivo functional food testing and molecular microbial ecology at IASMA-FEM, an institute with a strong tradition in fruit genomics, fermentation, and food metabolomics. Before joining FEM, Francesca Fava was awarded her PhD at The University of Reading, U.K., where she studied the gut microbiota in chronic diseases linked to obesity and the metabolic syndrome. After her PhD she also worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Istituto Clinico Humanitas, Rozzano (MI), Italy, studying the gut microbiota in inflammatory bowel disease, with a fellowship sponsored by the European Crohn and Colitis Organization (ECCO).


Address:

Edmund Mach Foundation - Research and Innovation Centre Via Mach, 1, 38010 San Michele all’Adige (TN), Italia


Tel.:

+39 328 3261946


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E-mail:

Francesca.fava@fmach.it

Name:

FERNANDEZ-MURGA Maria Leonor


Profile:

I was trained as a Microbiologist and Molecular Biologist in the Biomedical area, with emphasis in research fields of medical interest since 1992. In 2011 I moved to a clinical area, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology department, within which I am already performing my molecular-oriented research to push the medical question: to understand the causes of the disease, which leads to search a new and better diagnostic markers and treatments more effective, economic and optimized solutions. Currently, I am working in Ecofisiología, Nutrition and Health Laboratory, of the IATA-CISC led by Dr. Yolanda Sanz and collaborated with Dr.Pilar Codoñer, led by the Pediatric Service, hospital Dr. Peset. Research Service investigations are focused primarily on Translational Research in obesity, with special interest in children and cardiovascular risk for its high incidence in our young population.


Address:

IATA,CSIC, Av. Agustin, Escardino 7, 46980 Paterna, SPAIN


Tel.:

+ 34 963 902129


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E-mail:

malefer@uv.es

Name:

FRANZ Charles


Profile:

My research focuses on biodiversity studies of food fermentations with emphasis on African food fermentations, and lately also the functional diversity of the human gastrointestinal tract. Current research interests focus on the gut bacterial metabolism of health-related nutrients, particularly secondary plant compounds. Experiences in taxonomy, lactic acid bacteria genetics and physiology, as well as functional characterization of probiotic bacteria and starter cultures for food fermentations. Member of the International Committee on Systematic Bacteriology, Subcommittee on the Taxonomy of Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus and related bacteria.


Address:

Max Rubner-Institute, Department of Safety and Quality of Fruit and Vegetables, Haid-und-Neu-Str. 9; D-76131 Karlsruhe, Germany.


Tel.:

+49 721 6625 225


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E-mail:

Charles.Franz@mri.bund.de

Name:

GARAIOVA Iveta


Profile:

I am a Senior Research Manager at Obsidian Research Ltd, UK- company involved in all aspects of the role of probiotics in the human gastrointestinal tract and their impact on well-being; microbiological, immunological and physiological. My doctorate was on ‘Relationship between antioxidant systems and markers of oxidative stress in Down syndrome’ from Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia. I came to the UK in 1999 and joined Obsidian Research Ltd in 2005 working and focusing on the field of probiotics. I co- authored a number of scientific papers and presented at international scientific symposia.


Address:

Obsidian Research Limited, Unit 2 Christchurch Road, Baglan Industrial Park, Port Talbot, SA12 7BZ, UK


Tel.:

0044 1639 821356


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E-mail:

ivetag@obsidianresearch.co.uk

Name:

GIMENO-ALCANIZ Jose


Profile:

Ph.D. in 2000 working on molecular biology of wine yeast strains, in the area of food technology and also biochemistry and metabolism. Postdoctoral experience in Columbia University NYC (USA) and afterwards at the Institute of Biomedicine-CSIC (Valencia-Spain). Currently working at the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology-CSIC, in Valencia (Spain), responsible of the microscopy and cell culture facility. Here I’ve had the opportunity to work in different topics such as plastic matrixes to enhance growth of cellular models of osteoblasts, metallic contamination of food and its effect on cellular models of inflammation and more recently in bioactive peptides for functional foods dedicated to hypetension patients. I am very interested in topics related to gastrointestinal health, diet and gut microbiota.


Address:

IATA-CSIC, 46980 Paterna, Valencia, Spain


Tel.:

+34 963 902504


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E-mail:

jgimeno@iata.csic.es

Name:

GOMES Ana


Profile:

Assistant Professor at College of Biotechnology, Portuguese Catholic University (UCP) and Researcher of CBQF – INTERFACE A4 (State Associated Laboratory). Ph.D. in Biotechnology from UCP, in 1999. Research interests: (i) probiotics: selection, biochemical, safety characterization and technological, nutritional and therapeutical roles; (ii) study of compatible food matrices for incorporation of probiotics; (iii) microencapsulation of bioactive compounds (including probiotics); (iv) dairy science and traditional dairy products; (v) functional ingredients and functional foods; (vi) use of probiotics/lactic acid bacteria as cell factories for nutraceuticals; (vii) valorization of by-products from food industry. Has published papers, authored book chapters, supervised or co-supervised externally funded research fellowships, including PhD and MSc theses, coordinated or co-coordinated externally funded research and development projects in these areas.


Address:

Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Rua Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida, 4200-072 Porto, Portugal


Tel.:

+ 351 225 580 084


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E-mail:

amgomes@esb.ucp.pt

Name:

GONZALEZ Sonia


Profile:

Sonia González is Graduate in Biology and PhD in the Phisiology Area. Her doctoral work has focused on nutritional epidemiology assessing the impact of diet on oxidative stress and survival in a group of elderly over 10 years of follow-up. Currently, she is Professor of Nutrition and Physiology in the Oviedo University, and she participates in a project on diet, microbiota and immune status in collaboration with IPLA-CSIC group. In this project she is responsible for the assessment of dietary intake to further evaluate the influence on the other parameters mentioned.


Address:

Julian Clavería s/n. Facultad de Medicina. Área de Fisiología. Departamento de Biología Funcional. CP: 33006. Oviedo. Asturias. Spain


Tel.:

+34 985 10 30 00


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E-mail:

soniagsolares@uniovi.es

Name:

GRZESKOWIAK Lukasz


Profile:

Lukasz Grzeskowiak received MSc in Biology in 2007 in Poland. Currently he is a PhD student at the University of Turku in Finland. He is working in the area of clinical microbiology focusing on gut microbial ecosystem and probiotic interventions in infants and mothers. Interested in microbial ecology and human health.


Address:

Functional Foods Forum, University of Turku Itainen Pitkakatu 4 A 5, 20014 Turku, Finland


Tel.:

+35823336818


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E-mail:

lukgrz@utu.fi

Name:

GUADAMURO GARCIA Lucia


Profile:

I have a PhD position in the IPLA-CSIC (Spain) since December 2012. I am developing my work in the Functional Dairy Cultures group with the supervision of Dr. Baltasar Mayo and Dra.Susana Delgado. My thesis is included in a National Project called “Metabolism of soy isoflavons by the gut microbiota during menopause. Identification, characterization and selection of probiotics for the formulation of soy-derived functional dairy products”. The main objectives are to understand the gut microorganisms involved in the metabolism of soy isoflavones used to treat menopause symptoms and the selection of isoflavone-activating strains for its use as probiotics.


Address:

IPLA-CSIC, Paseo Río Linares, sn, 33300 Villaviciosa, Spain


Tel.:

+34 985892131


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E-mail:

luciagg@iplacsic.es

Name:

GUARNER Francisco


Profile:

Consultant of Gastroenterology, Digestive System Research Unit, University Hospital Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona, Spain. Head of the Experimental Laboratory of the Digestive System Research Unit, University Hospital Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona, Spain. Member of the Scientific Committee of the Research Institution of University Hospital Vall d’Hebron (www.vhir.org). Member of the Board of Directors of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (www.ISAPP.net). Member of the ‘Guidelines & Publications Committee’ of the World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO).


Address:

Servicio de Aparato Digestivo Hospital Universitario Vall d’Hebron Passeig Vall d’Hebron 119-129 Barcelona 08035, Spain.


Tel.:

+34 93274 6282


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E-mail:

fguarner@vhebron.net

Name:

GUEIMONDE Miguel


Profile:

PhD by the University of Oviedo (Spain) in 2002. Thesis work done at the Asturian Dairy Products Institute (Instituto de Productos Lácteos de Asturias; IPLA-CSIC) studying probiotic bacteria and probiotic containing products, as well as the improvement of fermented milks elaboration processes. In 2002 moved to Finland for a postdoctoral stay at the Functional Foods Forum of the University of Turku where I joined the group of Prof. Seppo Salminen. Postdoc research mainly focused on the study of intestinal microbiota and probiotics. Since 2006 Docent (adjunct professor) of the University of Turku. In 2006 I moved back to IPLA-CSIC where since 2008 I hold a permanent position as staff scientist at IPLA-CSIC where I continue working on probiotics and gut microbiota.


Address:

Instituto de Productos Lácteos de Asturias (IPLA). Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). Ctra. Infiesto s/n. 33300 Villaviciosa, Asturias, Spain


Tel.:

+34 984892131


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E-mail:

mgueimonde@ipla.csic.es

Name:

HADRICH Dirk


Profile:

Scientific Officer for Personalised Medicine, European Commission. EU funding of research projects to understand disease mechanisms, to get effective medical interventions and to treat the right patient at the right time: "Personalised Medicine"! Looking at projects in the area of metagenome links to health/diseases, tailored cancer therapies, diagnostics, prognostics, immunomonitoring, biomarkers, patient stratification.


Address:

European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, 1049 Brussels, Belgium


Tel.:

32 2 29 93120


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E-mail:

dirk.hadrich@ec.europa.eu

Name:

HARGIS Billy


Profile:

B.M. Hargis, D.V.M., Ph.D., d.A.C.P.V, Professor and Director, JKS Poultry Health Laboratory, Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 72701 USA. Supervises approximately 20 scientists, students, and technicians involved in necrotic enteritis, coccidiosis, campylobacteriosis, salmonellosis, and influenza research. Areas of expertise include probiotic/Direct Fed Microbials and novel recombinant vaccine platforms.


Address:

Professor B.M. Hargis, Department of Poultry Science, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701 USA.


Tel.:

001 479-466-8678


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E-mail:

bhargis@uark.edu

Name:

HARROLD Jo


Profile:

I am Associate Director of the largest academic ingestive behaviour laboratory in the UK, possessing a unique combination of expertise assessing appetite expression and energy regulation (automated eating pattern analysis, body composition (iDXA), phlebotomy, direct observation, gut motility and health and physiological bioassays). The unit consists of a research kitchen, assessment room, 2 testing rooms, energy-balance lab, wet lab, media analysis lab, behavioural assessment lab and a social eating lab. Facilities enable integrated research into a broad spectrum of psychological, biological and social factors that influence eating and body weight and the development of eating disorders across the life span.


Address:

Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Liverpool, Eleanor Rathbone Building, Bedford Street South, Liverpool L69 7ZA


Tel.:

+44 0151 794 1136


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E-mail:

harrold@liverpool.ac.uk

Name:

HART Ailsa


Profile:

Trained in medicine at Oxford University (1992). Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1998. Awarded PhD in 2005 with Imperial College, London. Appointed Consultant Gastroenterologist and Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London in 2008. She is Lead of St Mark’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease Unit. Research interests: Intestinal immunology and bacteriology aiming to further our understanding of the pathogenesis of inflammatory intestinal disorders. Published over 60 papers, written several book chapters and presented at over 100 national and international meetings. Awards include first prize in an “Emerging Leaders in Gastroenterology” competition, the Novartis Foundation bursary and prizes awarded by the British Society of Gastroenterology and the United European Gastroenterology Society for outstanding research contributions.


Address:

St Mark's Hospital, Northwick Park, Watford Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3UJ, UK


Tel.:

+44 (0)20 8235 4000


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E-mail:

Ailsa.Hart@nwlh.nhs.uk

Name:

HUYS Geert


Profile:

Prof. Geert Huys is part-time senior lecturer in the Laboratory of Microbiology within the Faculty of Sciences of Ghent University in Belgium (http://www.lm.ugent.be/) and senior researcher at the BCCM/LMG Bacteria Collection (http://bccm.belspo.be/about/lmg.php). His current research interests span the area of functional diversity of intestinal microbiota in human and animals hosts. He has experience in taxonomic and functional characterization of probiotic bacteria, and in intestinal community analysis of healthy human volunteers during pro- or prebiotic interventions and of patients with chronic intestinal disorders such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.


Address:

Laboratory of Microbiology & BCCM/LMG Bacteria Collection, Faculty of Sciences, K.L. Ledeganckstraat 35, B-9000 Gent, BELGIUM


Tel.:

0032 9 2645131


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E-mail:

geert.huys@ugent.be

Name:

JENMALM Maria


Profile:

My research focuses on childhood immune and allergy development in relation to maternal immunity and microbial exposure. I am an immunologist collaborating with paediatric allergologists, obstetricians, clinical immunologists and microbiologists. Our research is translational, combining advanced laboratory methodology with careful, long-term, clinical follow-up during pregnancy and childhood with excellent compliance rates, also in randomised placebo-controlled intervention studies (see e g ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier NCT01542970). In my laboratory at the Division of Inflammation Medicine at Linköping University, Sweden, we analyse systemic and mucosal immune function by ELISA, Luminex, flow cytometry, real time PCR and EILA (epigenetic immune lineage analysis). My post doc studies on immune regulation were at DNAX Research Institute (now Merck Research Laboratories), Palo Alto, CA, USA from 2002 to 2004.


Address:

Dept of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, AIR, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, SE-581 85 Linköping, Sweden


Tel.:

+46 10 103 41 01


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E-mail:

maria.jenmalm@liu.se

Name:

KARLSSON Caroline


Profile:

Caroline Karlsson is a microbiologist with a MSc in Molecular Biology and a PhD in Food Hygiene. The doctoral thesis focused on the gut bacterial flora with special reference to early in life. The microbiota was related to physiological traits, e.g. body weight and inflammation (Lund University, 2011). She is currently post-doc at the division of Applied Nutrition at the technical faculty of Lund University. The research focus on the gut microbial ecosystem and how that is affected by e.g. dietary intake, health and disease. Identification of potential probiotic bacteria and evaluation of its physiological and microbiological effects are also of significant interest. The microbial work is based on molecular genetic methodologies and both human trails and animal models are used to gain further knowledge. The research is interdisciplinary and collaborations with other professions are extensive.


Address:

Food Hygiene / Applied Nutrition and Food Chemistry, Department of Food Technology, Engineering and Nutrition, Lund University, P.O. Box 124 SE-221 00 LUND, Sweden


Tel.:

+46 46 222 8326, +46 46 222 4766


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E-mail:

caroline.karlsson@appliednutrition.lth.se

Name:

KOUTSOS Athanasios


Profile:

Athanasios Koutsos received an MSc in Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Reading, UK. He is currently a PhD student exploring the impact of foods and beverages rich in plant polyphenols on the human gastrointestinal tract and on the whole body system by applying in vitro experiments using models of the human intestinal tract and human intervention studies. His PhD is a joint PhD between the University of Reading, UK, and the Research and Innovation Centre FEM-IASMA, Italy (http://www.fmach.it).


Address:

Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading, Reading, RG6 6AP, UK


Tel.:

+44 118 378 8700


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E-mail:

a.koutsos@pgr.reading.ac.uk

Name:

LAPPI Jenni


Profile:

I am a registered dietician and PhD student in clinical nutrition. My dissertation deals with effects of consumption of whole grain foods on glucose and insulin metabolism and how the effects are mediated via the intestine and gut microbiota. At the moment I am working with human intervention data. The idea is to investigate if intake of certain nutrients, clinical parameters, and individual ability to degrade fibre are associated with the composition of gut microbiota. I also collaborate with cereal food technologists on developing health promoting grain products (i.e. bread). The clinical point of view is my strength.


Address:

University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio campus Department of Clinical Nutrition, P.O. Box 1627 70211 Kuopio, FINLAND


Tel.:

+358 403553607


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E-mail:

jenni.lappi@uef.fi

Name:

LAUKOVA Andrea (Steering Committee)


Profile:

I have worked in the task of bacteriocin-producing strains with probiotic character more than for 20 years. Their application is connected with food/feed and animal husbandry to protect diseases or to improve health status. My citation index is more than 540, publications in impacted journals 166+, author of 3 chapters in books. I‘m superviser of post doc and diploma students, I was and I‘m the head, co-researcher of many national, bilateral and 2 EU projects), ther member of scientific commissions. I‘m author and co-author of utility product, patent. Regularly, I am active participant or invited speaker at international or national conferences and I have wide international collaboration.


Address:

Institute of Animal Physiology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Šoltésovej 4-6,Košice, Slovakia


Tel.:

+421-(0)55-7922964


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E-mail:

laukova@saske.sk

Name:

LE VACON Francoise


Profile:

Françoise is Expert in Molecular Biology, founder of the Atlangene Company in 1996, now part of Biofortis Research. Research at Cochin Hospital and Pasteur Institute in Paris, Johns Hopkins Hospital and the NIH in the US and research and development manager positions over the last 20 years. Researcher at the Cancer Research Centre in Nantes, in Grenoble Transfusion Centre, and since 2007 joined Silliker France as Head of the Molecular Biology lab. As Gut Microbiota Research Program Leader (Biofortis), Françoise set up a platform for the study of bacterial ecosystems for clinical and pre-clinical applications in particularly in human cancer. In 2011, Françoise received as National Award the prestigious Knight of the Order of Merit for her contribution in Biology.


Address:

Biofortis Research, 3 route de la Chatterie, 44800 Saint-Herblain, France


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+33 (0)2 40 20 57 99 or + 33 (0)6 08 05 29 32


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E-mail:

francoise.le.vacon@mxns.com

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LEHTORANTA Liisa


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I have a PhD degree in Microbiology. I defended my thesis on the effects of probiotics and virus infections in 2012 in University of Helsinki, Finland. My research topics concentrate on probiotics and their effects on respiratory/ gastrointestinal virus infections. Currently, I work as a coordinator and post doc scientist in the Finnish Defence Forces, where I am responsible for managing clinical trial on probiotics and infections in conscripts.


Address:

Finnish Defence Forces and University of Helsinki, Medical Faculty/Institute Of Biomedicine, Po Box 63, Tukholmankatu 8a), 00014 University Of Helsinki, Finland


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Tel+358 407 667 418


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E-mail:

liisa.lehtoranta@helsinki.fi

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LIMA Maria


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Maria has started her postdoctoral research programme recently at the institute of Fondazione Edmund Mach pursuing her interests in Nutrition and gut health. Investigation and chemical characterization of the effect of food components such as dietary fibre and phenolics on the profile of colonic bacteria and their metabolites using fermentation models of the intestinal microbiota is my main interest. Quantification of these metabolites and their fate before and after digestion in the upper gut is another interest. The effect of Bacteria or their metabolites with regards to an immune response in the body is another area I would like to explore.


Address:

Fondazione Edmund Mach – IASMA – Research and Innovation Centre, Via E. MAch 1, 38010 San Michele all’Adige (TN), Italy


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0039 0461 615595


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E-mail:

marialima@fmach.it, lima80in@yahoo.co.in

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LJUNGH Asa


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Åsa Ljungh, MD PhD Assoc prof of Bacteriology. Research: Characterization of Lactic Acid Bacteria as possible probiotics. Utilization of prebiotic substances by probiotic strains. Development of a symbiotic composition. PI of EU-Qualvivo project. Editor of “Lactobacillus Molecular Biology”, Horizon Press, 2009.


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: Laboratory Medicine, Dept Bacteriology, University Hospital of Lund, Sölvegatan 23, SE 22362 Lund, Sweden


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+46-46173283 or


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asa.ljungh@med.lu.se

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LYRA Anna


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Since spring 2010 I have worked as a senior scientist at Dupont Active Nutrition in Kantvik, Finland, focusing on pro- and prebiotic intervention studies and gut microbiota analyses. Prior to joining Dupont, my research focused on irritable bowel syndrome –related alterations in the gut microbiota.


Address:

Danisco Sweeteners Oy, Active Nutrition, Sokeritehtaantie 20, 02460 Kantvik, Finland


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+358408241732


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E-mail:

anna.lyra@danisco.com

Name:

MARCHESI Julian


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My research uses taxonomics, metagenomics and metabonomics to determine the role that gut microbes or the microbiome play in influencing the host, in particular, how they modify host synthesised molecules such as bile and how this modification alters the host’s metabolism. We were the first group to establish that the enzymes involved in processing bile are a core function in the gut and are variable between individuals (Jones et al., 2008 PNAS). Research Interests: Metagenomics,taxonomics


Address:

School of Biosciences, Museum Avenue, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF10 3AT, UK


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+44 (0)29 208 74188


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+44 (0)29 20874305


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marchesijr@cardiff.ac.uk

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MCCARTNEY Anne


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Dr Anne McCartney: Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading. One of five staff members in the Food Microbial Sciences Unit. Head of Microbial Ecology and Health Research Group (established in 2006; currently includes 2 PhD students, 1 research assistant and 1 visiting scientist). Main research focus is the human gut microbiota, with particular interests in paediatric microbial ecology and the interactions between the host and the gut bacteria (in health and disease). I obtained my PhD from the Univeristy of Otago, NZ in 1996, before working postdoctorally at the Institute of Food Research, Reading (1997-1999) and then transferred to the University of Reading in 1999.


Address:

Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading, PO Box 226, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AP, UK


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+44 118 3788593


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E-mail:

a.l.mccartney@reading.ac.uk

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MCLAUGHLIN John


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John McLaughlin is Professor of Gastroenterology in the School of Translational Medicine, University of Manchester. His research interests are gastrointestinal physiology in health and disease particularly the interactions between nutrients and the gut epithelium, gut inflammation, and gut-to-brain signalling. Spending 50% of his time as a Consultant Gastroenterologist he manages the clinical GI physiology service at Salford Royal University (Hope) Hospital, and leads the Comprehensive Local Research Network for Gastroenterology in Greater Manchester.


Address:

Inflammation Sciences Group, School of Translational Medicine, Room 1.704 Stopford Building, University of Manchester, M13 9PL, UK


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0(044) 161 275 1819


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E-mail:

John.Mclaughlin@manchester.ac.uk

Name:

MIDTVEDT Tore


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MD, 1958, University of Bergen, Norway. Thesis Karolinska Iinstitue 1968: Microbial bile acid transformation. 1983-2000: Head of Department of Medical Microbial Ecology, KI. Main research interest: Gastrointestinal microbial functions and host/microbe interactions. Some hundreds publications in Pub-Med. Editor-in-Chief Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease.


Address:

Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC), Karolinska Institute, Nobelsv¨16, S 171 77, Stockholm, Sweden


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++46-852486720


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E-mail:

Tore.Midtvedti@ki.se

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MIETTINEN Minja


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PhD in immunology and MSc in microbiology, expertise in the area of probiotics and their effects on innate immunity, interest in the effects of probiotics and nutrients on microbiota and gut health.


Address:

Valio Ltd, R&D, Meijeritie 4, 00370 Helsinki, FINLAND


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+358 50 398 7204


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minja.miettinen@valio.fi

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MIKELSAAR Marika


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Graduated from University of Tartu with MD and got her Ph.D in Microbiology (1969, University of Tartu). In 70s and 80s she participated in research on Soviet astronauts. Received D.Sc (2003, University of Tartu) and elected for professorship and head of Department of Medical Microbiology (University of Tartu). Currently professor emeritus and extraordinary lead researcher in the department. Leader of biotechnology program in probiotics at Bio-Competence Centre of Healthy Dairy Products. Belongs to American Society of Microbiology and Society for Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease (President 2010- 2012). Research interests: human microbial ecology, interrelations between lactobacilli and humans in different age groups; persistent infections, animal models, prevention and adjunct therapy with probiotics. Participated in EU 5/6/7th research programs in collaboration with scientists of Finland, Sweden, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain.


Address:

Department of Microbiology, University of Tartu, Biomedicum, Ravila 19, Tartu 50411, Estonia


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+372 7374179


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+372 7374172


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marika.mikelsaar@ut.ee

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MYKKANEN Hannu


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MSc (University of Helsinki, Finland) and PhD (University of Surrey, UK) in Nutrition. Professor in Nutrition at the Department of Clinical Nutrition, University of Kuopio (from 2010 University of Eastern Finland) since 1989. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate courses in basics of human nutrition, nutrition physiology and research methods in nutrition. Main research comprises work on health effects of rye fiber and role of probiotics in nutrition and health.


Address:

Department of Clinical Nutrition, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio Campus, P.O.B. 1627, FIN-70211 Kuopio, Finland


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+358 50 5696965


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E-mail:

hannu.mykkanen@uef.fi

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NARBAD Arjan


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Arjan Narbad is a Research Leader with expertise in analysis of the composition and metabolic activity of the complex gut microbiota. His current research is focused on the characterisation of probiotic lactic acid bacteria for exclusion of gut pathogens including C. perfringens and C. difficile, with emphasis on the molecular interactions between commensals and the pathogens within the host gut. His research group is also engaged in understanding the role of gut bacteria in the development of GI tract disorders and application gut commesals for delivery of bioactive compounds.


Address:

Integrated Biology of GI Tract Programme, Institute of Food Research Norwich Research Park, Colney NR4 7UA, Norwich, UK


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+44(0)1603 255131


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E-mail:

arjan.narbad@bbsrc.ac.uk

Name:

NOMOTO Koji


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1979; Bachelor of Science (Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Veterinary Science, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology). 1989; Ph. D (Faculty of Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Shizuoka. Present position: Deputy Senior Scientist, Yakult Central Institute for Microbiological Research.


Address:

Yakult Central Institute for Microbiological Research, 1796 Yaho, Kunitachi-shi, Tokyo, 186-8650


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81(42)577 8962


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E-mail:

koji-nomoto@yakult.co.jp.

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OUWEHAND Arthur


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Arthur Ouwehand is R&D group leader at Danisco Sweeteners. His main interests are in the area of intestinal microbiology, probiotics, prebiotics and functional foods.


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Danisco Sweeteners, Sokeritehtaantie 20, 02460 Kantvik, Finland


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+358 40 5956 353


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E-mail:

arthur.ouwehand@danisco.com

Name:

PATTERSON Angeles


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Interactive effects of Mediterranean diet and age with respect to survival. Dietary patterns and blood antioxidant status biomarkers of oxidative damage and disease in elderly people. The influence of probiotics on immune function in elderly subjects.


Address:

Departamento Biología Funcional, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Oviedo, C/ Julian Clavería s/n, 33006, Oviedo, Asturias, España


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(34) 985103578


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E-mail:

patterson@uniovi.es

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PELAEZ Carmen


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Current position: Research Professor, Spanish National Science Council (CSIC). Research interests: Probiotics and study of their potential health benefits. Characterization of probiotic bacteria and intestinal microbiota using a dynamic in vitro gastro intestinal simulator (SIMGI), for testing digestion and colonic fermentation of bioactive food ingredients. We study an obesity-associated microbiota model, interaction of the microorganisms with the intestinal epithelium and their modulation by prebiotics and probiotics.


Address:

Institute of Food Science Research (CIAL-CSIC). Nicolás Cabrera 9. 38049. Madrid


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+34 91 001 79 57


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E-mail:

carmen.pelaez@csic.es

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PIMENTEL Ligia


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I am a Ph.D. Student (Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology) at the College of Biotechnology – Portuguese Catholic University, where I have been an invited teaching assistant in the Microbiology area since 2005. I have graduated in Microbiology from the above-mentioned University in 2001. My research work is focused on the characterization of Enterococcus cultures isolated from a traditional Portuguese cheese. These studies involved assays of identification, assessment of safety through characterization of antibiotic susceptibility and study of virulence factors, technological and probiotic properties, and survival of the potentially probiotic enterococci in the gastrointestinal tract.


Address:

Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Universidade Católica Portuguesa Rua Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida, 4200-072 Porto, Portugal


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+351 22 558 00 46


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E-mail:

llpimentel@mail.esb.ucp.pt

Name:

POGANY SIMONOVA Monika


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Researcher at the Institute of Animal Physiology SAS (Laboratory of Animal Microbiology, from 2006). PhD thesis in animal physiology and microbiology in 2006 at the IAP SAS. Current research area is focused on the isolation and study of natural substances – bacteriocins-enterocins, probiotics, plant extracts under in vitro and in vivo conditions, especially in food animals in relation with the animal health, production and meat quality in association with requests of consumers. Has been involved in several national and 1 EU project, author/co-author of articles in scientific impacted journals, co-author of probiotic product for rabbits commercialy produced in Slovakia (ProRabbit, IPC).


Address:

Institute of Animal Physiology Slovak Academy of Sciences, Šoltésovej 4-6, 04001 Košice, Slovakia


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+421 55 7922971


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E-mail:

simonova@saske.sk

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PORTINSON Salme


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Joined BioGaia 1999 to work with scientific information and communication about the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri. Since about two years I also work part time with clinical trials management. Before joining BioGaia I was a clinical dietitian at the University hospital in Lund, south of Sweden, and specialized in nutrition support to cancer patients and later cystic fibrosis patients. I have also taken part in several research projects, lectured on nutrition support and more lately probiotics, and written articles on my fields of interest.


Address:

BioGaia AB, P.O. Box 966, visiting address: Stora Sodergatan 47 SE-22009 Lund, Sweden


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+46 46 311 913


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E-mail:

sap@biogaia.se

Name:

PRIEBE Marion


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As a nutritional scientist I explore the underlying mechanisms of the protective effects of foods rich in bioactive compounds and/or non-digestible carbohydrates on the development of type 2 diabetes. One of my research interests is to examine how colonic fermentation of non-digestible carbohydrates affects low-grade inflammation and insulin sensitivity. For that means I conduct human intervention trials as well as challenge studies and develop metabolomics techniques. The effect of products of fermentation (short-chain fatty acids) is investigated in in vitro experiments with human adipose tissue and specific cell lines.


Address:

University Medical Center Groningen, Center for Medical Biomics, Antonius Deusinglaan 1, 9713 AV Groningen, The Netherlands


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00 31 50 361 9386


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E-mail:

m.g.priebe@umcg.nl

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RODRIGUEZ Juan Miguel


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Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain. Coordinator of the research group “Human microbiota in the perinatal period”. Research leader of projects dealing with microbio- logical and immunological aspects of pregnancy, lactation and infancy, including the microbiota/microbiome of human milk, that of pre-term neonates, and the mother-to-child transmission of HIV-1. Member of the Ethical Commission in Clinical Research (Complutense University of Madrid). Member of the Board of the Spanish Society for Probiotics and Prebiotics (SEPyP). Director of Probisearch, a spin-off company from Complutense University of Madrid.


Address:

Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Food Technology, Complutense University of Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain


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+34 91 394 37 50


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E-mail:

jmrodrig@vet.ucm.es

Name:

ROWLAND Ian


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Professor of Human Nutrition & Head of Hugh Sinclair Nutrition Group. Ian has a PhD in Microbiology from University College London and is currently Head of Nutrition at the University of Reading. His main research area is the interaction of diet, gut microbiota and health with a particular focus on the role of dietary components (probiotics, prebiotics, phytochemicals) in prevention of colon cancer. Currently he is investigating effects of fruit and vegetable intake on markers of cancer risk and gut microbiota, exploring mechanisms of action of microbial metabolites of polyphenols from olives and flaxseed on tumour growth and is looking into edible seaweeds as a novel source of bioactive compounds for human health.


Address:

Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 AP, UK


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+44 1183788703


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E-mail:

i.rowland@reading.ac.uk

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RUAS-MADIEDO Patricia


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PATRICIA RUAS-MADIEDO: Ph.D. Biology in 1999, postdoctoral at NIZO Food Research (The Netherlands, 1999-2002) and currently working in the Dairy Research Institute of Asturias belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (IPLA-CSIC) since 2003, being Staff Scientist in 2006. The keywords describing my research lines are microbiology, exopolysaccharides, probiotics, prebiotics, functional foods and, recently, probiotic-host interactions and immunology. I was working in several research projects from the Spanish Ministry of Science, acting as project leader in two of them. In the last 10 years, I was co-author of more than 30 articles published in SCI journals of the Microbiology and Food Technology research areas.


Address:

INSTITUTO DE PRODUCTOS LACTEOS DE ASTURIAS – CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS (IPLA-CSIC) Carreterera de Infiesto s/n, 33300 Villaviciosa, Asturias, Spain


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+34 985892131 /


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E-mail:

ruas-madiedo@ipla.csic.es

Name:

RUDI Knut


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I am a Professor in microbiology at the Norwegian University for Life Sciences. My main research interest is host-bacterial coevolution and ecology (www.umb.no/midivlab). I believe that understanding the evolutionary origin is crucial in deciphering the mechanisms of the current host-bacterial interactions. Using a novel bioinformatics approach we have recently discovered two main host-bacterial co-evolutionary events in the evolutionary lineage leading to humans. I have also been involved in the startup of the gut microbiota diagnostic company Genetic Analysis (www.genet-analysis.com).


Address:

Norwegian University of Life Sciences, P.O. box 5003, 1432 Ås, Norway


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+47 6496 5873


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E-mail:

knut.rudi@hihm.no

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SANCHEZ-MEJORADA ZUNIGA León Eduardo


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I am a PhD student in the School of Medicine, Department of Oncology, at the University of Sheffield. I have a degree in Biology and an MSc in Neuroscience at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; National Autonomous University of Mexico). I also did an MSc in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at the Department of Biomedical Science, in the University of Sheffield. My project is about modelling the role of butyrate in the acetylation of functional proteome in metabolic pathways (glycolisis, TCA, beta-oxidation and pyruvate).


Address:

Molecular Gastroenterology Research Group, Academic Unit of Surgical Oncology, Department of Oncology, University of Sheffield, Beech Hill Road, Sheffield, S10 2RX, UK


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+44 (0) 114 271 3004


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E-mail:

lesanchez-mejoradazuniga1@sheffield.ac.uk

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SANZ Yolanda


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Senior Researcher of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC); Assistant Professor of Human Dietetics and Nutrition, of MSc on Food Safety (University of Valencia), and of MSc on Genetics, Nutritional and Environmental Factors for Growth and Development; Expert evaluator of 8 international scientific committees; Member of the Panel of Nutrition, Dietetic Products and Allergies (NDA) of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Fields of interest are the influence of the gut microbiota and the diet on human health and immune-mediated diseases, and the efficacy and mechanisms of action of probiotics.


Address:

Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos (IATA) Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Avda. Agustín Escardino, 7. 46980 Paterna, Valencia, Spain


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34 963900022/ext 2028


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E-mail:

yolsanz@iata.csic.es

Name:

SHAH Nagendra


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B.V.Sc. & A.H. (Honours) from Rajendra Agricultural University, India, M.Sc. in Dairy Technology from South Dakota State University, USA. Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from the University of Alberta, Canada. Affiliated with Victoria University for the past 21 years. Currently a full Professor in Food Science and Technology. Publications include 175 refereed research papers, 15 full papers in proceedings, 18 book chapters, and 136 abstracts. Co-editor of a special issue of British Journal of Nutrition (2000), a principal guest editor of a special issue of International Dairy Journal (Nov. 2007), co-editor of Dairy Products and Quality Control (2008) and principal editor of Probiotic and Prebiotic Foods: Technology, Stability and Benefits to Human Health (2010). Fellow of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology.


Address:

Room 5S-14, Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong


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(852) 2299 0836


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E-mail:

npshah@hku.hk

Name:

SOCACIU Carmen


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Our group (dept. Agrifood Chemistry and Biochemistry, Cluj-Napoca, RO), beside educational activity, mainly on Food Science students is a Center of Research in Natural Product Chemistry and Biotechnology, especially phytochemicals and functional food characterization ( by HPLC, GC, FTIR techniques), in vitro evaluation of antioxidants with health promoting properties. Last years we developed studies about biochemical characterization of natural compounds with prebiotic properties and their combination with probiotics (ex. Bifidus and Lactobacillus sp.). We have results on microencapsulation of probiotics and their stability & survivability in a simulated gastric environment in vitro. By collaboration with GI clinic in Medical Univ. the evaluation in vivo effects and controlled release of probiotics is under investigation.


Address:

University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Dept. Chemistry and Biochemistry, str. Manastur 3-5, 400372 Cluj-Napoca, Romania


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0040264 595825


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E-mail:

casocaciu@usamvcluj.ro

Name:

SOKOL Harry


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Assistant Professor ( Gastroenterology) PhD (Mcrobiology)


Address:

Service de Gastroentérologie et Nutrition, Hôpital Saint-Antoine, 184 rue du faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75571 Paris cedex 12, France


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+33 (0)1 49 28 31 71


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E-mail:

harry.sokol@sat.aphp.fr

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STANTON Catherine


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Catherine Stanton graduated from University College Cork with B.Sc and M.Sc. degrees in Nutrition and Food Chemistry, and Ph.D in Biochemistry from Bournemouth University, UK, and D.Sc from The National University of Ireland in 2009. She worked with Johnson & Johnson UK, and Wake Forest University Medical Center USA and is currently with Teagasc Moorepark, as Principal Research Officer and is Principal Investigator in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, Cork. Her research interests include functional foods, with emphasis on nutrition/health aspects of dairy foods, probiotics and dietary modulation of gut microbiota. She received the Elie Metchnikoff Prize in Microbiology (2010).


Address:

Teagasc, Moorepark Food Research Centre, Fermoy, Co. Cork, IRELAND


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+353 (0)25 4260


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E-mail:

catherine.stanton@teagasc

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STEIDLER Lothar


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°1965 Senior Director Technology Development and member of the senior management of ActoGeniX NV, Molecular biologist, obtained PhD from Ghent University (Belgium). Dr. Steidler has invented and pioneered “TopAct” technology: the use of recombinant microflora for topical and active delivery of therapeutic proteins. The development of a robust environmental containment system enabled his team to advance into the first clinical studies ever, using genetically modified microorganisms as therapeutics. Dr Steidler held positions at Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium), Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology (Ghent, Belgium) and Alimentary Pharmebiotic Center (Cork, Ireland)


Address:

AcotGeniX NV, Technologiepark 4, 9052 Zwijnaarde, Belgium


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+2392610602


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E-mail:

Lothar.steidler@actogenix

Name:

SZAJEWSKA Hania


Profile:

Prof. Hania Szajewska is Chair of Department of Paediatrics at the Medical University of Warsaw. Her research focuses on pediatric nutrition, particularly on probiotics and prebiotics, the effects of early dietary interventions on later outcomes. She is or has been actively involved in several EU-funded projects (e.g., PREVENTCD, NUTRIMENTHE). Previously, she served as the Secretary of the ESPGHAN Committee on Nutrition. Currently, she serves as General Secretary of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN). She serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Prof. Szajewska has published over 250 publications.


Address:

Department of Paediatrics, The Medical University of Warsaw, Dzialdowska 1, 01-184 Warsaw, Poland


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+48 22 – 452 33 09


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E-mail:

hania@ipgate.pl

Name:

TAMASSY Klara


Profile:

I was graduated as medical doctor and got degree in internal medicine and gastroenterology. In 1993 I managed H.pylori epidemiological study in Hungary. Now I am working as a gastroenterologist and interested in the new therapeutic possibilities in this field using probiotics, prebiotics and functional foods instead of present therapies.


Address:

Semmelweis Medical University Kútvölgyi Clinical Block Gastroenterological Unit. Private address: 1027 Budapest, Ganz u. 11. Hungary


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+36309518606


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E-mail:

drtamassy@gmail.com

Name:

TELLEZ Guillermo


Profile:

I am a research professor at the U. of Arkansas with a Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology. I have worked toward the identification of probiotic candidates (Lactic Acid Bacteria) for poultry which can actually displace Salmonella and other enteric pathogens which have colonized the gastrointestinal tract of poultry, indicating that selection of therapeutically efficacious probiotic cultures with marked performance benefits in poultry is possible, and that defined cultures can sometimes provide an attractive alternative to conventional antimicrobial therapy. My work has been focused on specific pathogen reduction, performance under commercial conditions, and effects on both idiopathic and defined enteritis.


Address:

Center of Excellence in Poultry Science, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 72701, USA


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(479) 301-7272


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E-mail:

gtellez@uark.edu

Name:

TILG Herbert (Steering Committee)


Profile:

My major research interests are cytokines, inflammation and innate immunity. In this context, our studies currently focus on the role of the microbiota in intestinal inflammation and diseases such as Crohn´s disease or ulcerative colitis. Another research interest is the role of our microbiota in metabolic inflammation and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. I am a gastroenterologist and currently Head of Department of Medicine, Krankenhaus Hall in Tirol. Furthermore, I am Head of the Christian Doppler Research Laboratory for Gut Inflammation. I am also an Associate Editor of GUT, a leading Journal in gastrointestinal diseases.


Address:

Department of Medicine, Krankenhaus Hall in Tirol, Milserstrasse 10, 6060 Hall in Tirol, Austria


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+43 5223 502 33631


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E-mail:

Herbert.tilg@i-med.ac.at

Name:

TUOHY Kieran


Profile:

Kieran Tuohy leads the Nutrition and Nutrigenomics Group at the Research and Innovation Centre FEM-IASMA, Italy (http://www.iasma.it/) which was established upon an incoming team grant “TrentinoGut” awarded by the Marie-Curie:Provincia Autonoma di Trento COFUND programme in 2009 and from existing strengths in food technology, metagenomics and metabolomics at FEM-IASMA. The group provides expertise in gut microbiology, in vitro and in vivo functional food testing and molecular microbial ecology at IASMA-FEM, an institute with a strong tradition in fruit genomics, fermentation, and food metabolomics. Before moving to Trentino, he was lecturer in food metabolomics at The University of Reading, U.K.


Address:

Research and Innovation Centre, Fondazione Edmund Mach - Istituto Agrario di San Michele all Adige, I-38010 S. Michele a.A. (Trento), Italy.


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+39 0461 615 56


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E-mail:

kieran.tuohy@iasma.it

Name:

VAALI Kirsi


Profile:

Holistic research on GI-tract: I have done a food allergy model and shown how diarrhea is dependent on small intestinal mastosytosis and high IgE. Degranulating mast cells release mediators which permeabilize gut walls leading to altered smooth muscle response and affecting motility. By using this model the development of IBS could be studied. I am also interested on the strong allergens that have trypsin and chymotrypsin inhibition activity. When the digestive enzymes cascade will not be initiated by these first enzymes, the food cannot be absorbed but taken promptly to colon where it feeds pathogenic microbiota. Research Interests: Gastroenterology, motility of gut, IBS, allergy.


Address:

Haartman Institute, PO BOX 21, Haartmaninkatu 3, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland


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+358-50-550 1331


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E-mail:

kirsi.vaali@med.uib.no

Name:

VAN HEMERT Saskia


Profile:

I am senior scientist at Winclove since 2 years. I received my PhD in 2007 on my thesis entitled: “gene expression profiling of chicken intestinal host responses”. During my post-doc period, I focussed on interactions between human and probiotic bacteria. Currently I am involved in multiple scientific projects related to the clinically functionality of designer probiotic food supplements, mechanistic actions of probiotics and new ingredients promoting probiotic activity. Special focus is on the epithelial barrier function and microbiota management.


Address:

Winclove, Hulstweg 11, 1032 LB Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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+31 20 4350235


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E-mail:

saskiavanhemert@winclove.nl

Name:

VENEMA, Koen


Profile:

Koen Venema is an expert in gut microbiology. Primarily he studies the effect of food (constituents) on the activity and composition of the gut microbiota in relation to health and disease. In addition, he studies the effect of pro- and prebiotics on gut health using in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo studies. He focuses special attention on the molecular interaction of pro- and prebiotics with the host. Koen is Associate Professor at Maastricht University, where he has recently started a new research group. He works with the TNO computer-controlled, dynamic in vitro models of the GI tract (nick-named TIM). He is administrator of the ENGIHR-website.


Address:

Maastricht University - campus Venlo, P.O. Box 8, 5900 AA Venlo, The Netherlands


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+31 433883198


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E-mail:

k.venema@maastrichtuniversity.nl

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VERBEKE Kristin


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Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. Kristin Verbeke is pharmacist by training and obtained a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, KU Leuven in 1995. Her current research interest is the exploration of the colonic bacterial metabolism in healthy subjects as well as in patients in which an abnormal colonic metabolism is expected (inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel disease, endstage kidney failure). Techniques such as stable isotope or radioactive isotope tracer techniques and gas chromatography mass spectrometry are developed to quantitatively analyse the metabolic processes occurring in the colon. Pre- and probiotics are used to modulate the colonic metabolism in an attempt to improve colonic health. Kristin Verbeke is author of >130 publication in international peer-reviewed journals.


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Translational Research in GastroIntestinal Disorders, O&N I Herestraat 49 - box 701, 3000 Leuven, Belgium


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+32 16 3 30150 or +32 16 3 30671


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kristin.verbeke@med.kuleuven.be

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VITAGLIONE Paola


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She is Lecturer in Human nutrition. Her research activity can be grouped in the following main lines: 1. Human bioavailability of food bioactive compounds Resveratrol, anthocyanins, and strawberry antioxidant compound bioavailability were evaluated in healthy subjects. Actually the research is focused on encapsulated ingredients (curcumin, cocoa polyphenols and vitamin D). 2. Functional foods: ideation, development, production and evaluation of in vivo efficacy Appetite regulation, oxidative and inflammatory status, liver health, and chemoprevention are the main targets of this research line. Animal studies (dietary or transgenic models of pathology) and clinical trials (in healthy volunteers and patients) are performed also in cooperation.


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Department of Food Science, University of Naples “Federico II”, Via Università, 100, Parco Gussone Ed. 84, 80055 Portici (NA), ITALY


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+39 0812539357


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E-mail:

paola.vitaglione@unina.it

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WADE William


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William Wade is Professor of Oral Microbiology at King’s College London. The main interests of his group are the characterisation of the oral microbiome in health and disease, the development of methods for the culture of “uncultivable” bacteria and the development and evaluation of novel treatments for oral disease. He is a curator of the Human Oral Microbiome Database (www.homd.org)


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Microbiology, Floor 17 Tower Wing, Guy’s Campus, King’s College London, London, SE1 9RT, UK


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44 20 7188 3872


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E-mail:

william.wade@kcl.ac.uk

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WALKER Alan


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Staff Scientist at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Microbiologist by training with specific interests in the bacteria that inhabit the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts of mammalian hosts, particularly in humans and mice. Received a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology from The University of Aberdeen and a PhD from The Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health/University of Dundee, specialising in gut microbiology and the role that intestinal bacteria play in the breakdown of dietary fibre. At the Sanger Institute we use state of the art sequencing facilities to better characterise host-associated microbial communities in both health and in diseases such Cystic Fibrosis, inflammatory bowel disease and infection with Salmonella spp. and Clostridium difficile.


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Pathogen Genomics Group, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, UK, CB10 1SA


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+44 (0)1223 494754


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E-mail:

aw6@sanger.ac.uk

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WALTON Gemma


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I have been researching within the field of microbiology for a total of 11 years. During this time I have developed a fascination and knowledge of the microbial world of the intestine, how dietary changes can alter this environment and impact on health. For the last 10 years, in the laboratory of Professor Glenn Gibson, my research interests have focussed on prebiotics and their potential role against bowel cancer (my PhD research); novel prebiotic products; probiotics and synbiotic combinations. My current work includes looking at the impact of the gut microbiota on metabolic syndrome risk factors.


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Food and Nutritional Sciences, The University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AP


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+44(0)118 378 6652


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E-mail:

g.e.walton@rdg.ac.uk

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WATSON Alastair


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Professor Watson is a gastroenterologist. He was appointed Professor of Medicine at the University of Liverpool in 1998. He was an Associate Editor then its Deputy Editor of GUT (2003 – 2007). In 2010 he was appointed to the University of East Anglia as Professor of Translational Medicine. His research interests are apoptosis in intestinal epithelium and gut imaging. His expertise is cellular biology of cell shedding, barrier function and its consequences for disease. The interaction of gut microbiota with gut epithelium is a particular interest and he has developed a method for imaging intramucosal bacteria in humans with confocal endomicroscopy.


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Norwich Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Rm 2.14 Elizabeth Fry Building, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK


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+(0)1603 597266


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+(0)1603 593233


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alastair.watson@uea.ac.uk

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WHORWELL Peter


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Over the years Professor Whorwell has had a particular interest in the functional gastrointestinal disorders and now directs the South Manchester Functional Bowel Service. This unit undertakes research into the clinical, epidemiological and pathophysiological aspects of gastrointestinal disorders as well as caring for large numbers of these patients from all over the UK. It also undertakes a wide-ranging programme of research resulting in over 300 publications to date on new treatment options for these conditions including pharmacological, dietary, behavioural approaches and more recently, the role of the microbiota in these conditions.


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Education and Research Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital, Southmoor Road, Manchester, M23 9LT, UK


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0161 291 5813


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E-mail:

peter.whorwell@uhsm.nhs.uk

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WICKHAM Martin


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Martin is the Head of Nutrition at Leatherhead Food Research, UK. His research interests were centred on understanding human gut physiology with particular emphasis on the human response to complex food and pharmaceu- tical systems. He is a BBSRC/ Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellow, has a PhD from the University of East Anglia and has an MBA from the University of Dundee. Martin also holds a visiting Professorship at the Pharmaco-Biological Department, University of Messina, Italy, an Adjunct Faculty Position at The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research, NZ, a member of the BBSRC DRINC Steering Group and is a member of the ILSI Europe Publication Committee.


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Leatherhead Food Research, UKRandalls Way, off Randalls Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7RY, UK


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+44 (0)1372 822388


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E-mail:

mwickham@leatherheadfood.com

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WROBLEWSKA Barbara


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Scientific interest is focused on reduction of food allergenicity and induction of immunological tolerance in CMA patients by low antigenic cow’s milk products. Research has shown that the technological processes affect the changes in allergenic potential to a varied extent, lead to its reduction. An innovative approach was the use of microbiological transglutaminase, a cross-linking enzyme, during the production of fermented milk drinks. Kefir beverage produced with the addition of m-TG was characterized by diminished immunoreactive properties and enhanced sensory properties. Adding m-TG during the production of yoghurt fermented drinks would allow to give up the process of thickening milk with milk powder or protein isolates, which would comprise an additional, economically beneficial, aspect of obtaining low in antigens milk drink.


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Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences , Poland (IAR&FR), Tuwima Str. 10, 10-747 Olsztyn, Poland


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+48 89 523 46 88


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E-mail:

b.wroblewska@pan.olsztyn.pl