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:

ALEGRIA Amparo


Profile:

I am professor of Nutrition and Food Science (Faculty of Pharmacy. University of Valencia). I obtained honorary doctorate degrees in Pharmacy in 1989 at the University of Valencia. I am now research of group Bionutest Group, which research activity has focused on bioactive compounds (minerals, vitamins, amino acid, peptides and phytosterols) in relation to their identification and characterization, bioavailability and biological effects in vivo and in vitro. I am a wide experience in the analysis by HPLC of food components posing special attention in the validation and analytical quality control and participating in European projects related to the analysis, quality of data and biological effects of food components INFOGEST, Oxysterolsnet” ENOR).


Address:

Department Food Science and Nutrition. Faculty of Pharmacy. University of Valencia. Avd. Vicente Andrés Estellés s/n. 46100. Valencia. Spain


Tel.:

034963544907


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E-mail:

amparo.alegria@uv.es

Name:

BIELKE Lisa


Profile:

Dr. L.R. Bielke is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas where she investigates multiple aspects of poultry health including probiotics, gastrointestinal health, infectious disease, bacteriophage therapy, and recombinant vaccine technologies. She has been instrumental in the development of probiotic selection methods and research leading to the development of multiple commercial products for monogastrics over the last 11 years. The major area of focus for these projects has been probiotic-based prophylaxis of intestinal disease, including foodborne pathogens.


Address:

Department of Poultry Science, POSC-O114, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA


Tel.:

001-479-387-7681


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E-mail:

lbielke@uark.edu

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:

BLAUT Michael


Profile:

Professor at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Department of Gastrointestinal Microbiology at the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rebruecke (DIfE). Research interests: Role of intestinal bacteria in physiologic and pathologic processes and their modulation by nutrition; formation of cancer-preventive and cancer-promoting metabolites from dietary constituents by intestinal bacteria; contribution of intestinal bacteria to the development of the metabolic syndrome; study of molecular mechanisms underlying the interaction between nutrition, intestinal bacteria and host.


Address:

Dept. of Gastrointestinal Microbiology, German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke, Arthur-Scheunert-Allee 114 - 116, 14558 Nuthetal, Germany


Tel.:

+49-33200-88-2470


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E-mail:

blaut@dife.de

Name:

BOMBA Alojz


Profile:

Alojz Bomba MVD, PhD, DSc is the head of the Institute of Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine of Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice. His research is mainly focused on chronic diseases prevention by modulation of gastrointestinal ecosystem and common cellular and molecular pathways in pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and cancer using probiotic microorganisms and natural bioactive substances. He is author of the concept of potentiated probiotics. Dr. Bomba established a gnotobiotic laboratory which is the only one of its kind in Slovak Republic. Dr. Bomba is the author of 49 referred scientific papers registered in CC and 3 book chapters.


Address:

Institute of Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Trieda SNP 1, 040 11 Košice, Slovak Republic


Tel.:

00421 55 6424606


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E-mail:

alojz.bomba@upjs.sk

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:

BUNESOVA Vera


Profile:

I work as a junior researcher and my interest is gut and food microbiology. I received my PhD in 2012 and my research was focused on “Selection of new probiotic bacteria”. During my PhD study, I focused on isolation, molecular-genetic identification and characterization of probiotic bacteria, especially bifidobacteria. Currently I am involved in scientific projects dealing in vitro and in vivo testing of probiotic bacteria; as well as quality control and the effects of probiotic foods.


Address:

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Department of Microbiology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources, Kamycka 129, Prague 6, 165 21, Czech Republic


Tel.:

+420 777287734


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E-mail:

bunesova@af.czu.cz

Name:

CAMPBELL Barry


Profile:

Barry Campbell is a gastrointestinal physiologist with longstanding interest in intestinal mucus biology, epithelial glycobiology and bacteria–host cell interaction in gut inflammation and cancer. His current work focuses on mucosa-associated adherent, invasive Escherichia coli (AIEC) observed in increased numbers in patients with Crohn’s disease and bowel cancer, and on diarrhoea-associated gut pathogens such as Salmonella, C. difficile and enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC). His research group has made progress in understanding bacteria-intestinal epithelium adherence and invasion, and in investigating the therapeutic potential of diverse oligosaccharide structures present in plant soluble dietary fibres for their efficacy at blocking pathogen interactions. Research Interests: Glycobiology


Address:

Department of Gastroenterology, Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool, Crown Street, Liverpool, L69 3GE, UK.


Tel.:

+44 (0)151 7946829


Fax.:

+44 (0)151 7946825


E-mail:

bjcampbl@liv.ac.uk

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:

CASTRO RODRIGUEZ Diana


Profile:

I am chemical, interested in the study of intestinal microbiota and the use of probiotics to improve human health, I am on my master degree in the Distrito Federal, Mexico in the Instituto Politecnico Nacional in the area of biotechnology.


Address:

IATA-CSIC, Carrer Catedràtic Agustín Escardino Benlloch, 7, 46980 Paterna, Valencia, Spain


Tel.:

963 90 00 22/693019608


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E-mail:

castrodiana@gmail.com

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:

CLEMENTE Alfonso


Profile:

Alfonso Clemente (PhD, MSc), biochemist, is a research scientist of the Spanish National Research Council, working at the Estación Experimental del Zaidín (EEZ-CSIC, Granada, Spain). From 1999-2000 he worked at the Institute of Food Research (UK); from 2001-2003 at John Innes Centre (UK) and from 2003-2004 at Sainsbury Laboratory (UK). Alfonso Clemente works in the chemopreventive properties of dietary resistant proteins within the gastrointestinal tract; in addition, his research interest is focused in the role of prebiotics in gut health by using an array of in vitro and in vivo model systems.


Address:

Estación Experimental del Zaidín (EEZ-CSIC), Department of Physiology and Biochemistry of Animal Nutrition, c/Profesor Albareda 1, 18008 Granada, Spain


Tel.:

+34-958-572757 ext 362


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E-mail:

alfonso.clemente@eez.csic.es

Name:

CONTERNO Lorenza


Profile:

Since September 2010 Lorenza joined the Nutrition and Nutrigenomic Group as part of “TrentinoGut” start-up team grant awarded by the Marie-Curie/Provincia Autonoma di Trento COFUND program. The research of the group focuses on the health promoting attributes of whole plant foods and their polyphenolic and prebiotic components, and other traditional Trentino food products. In particular, Lorenza is working on the in vitro gut studies involving batch and gut model fermentation also using FISH, RealTimePCR, DGGE , and will collaborate to in vivo human feeding studies to investigate the human health benefits associated with gut microbial metabolism of whole plant foods.


Address:

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


Tel.:

0039 0461 615137


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E-mail:

lorenza.conterno@fmach.it – conternol98@gmail.com

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:

DE ANGELIS Maria


Profile:

Maria De Angelis is associate Professor to the Department of Soil, Plant and Food Science of University of Bari. She holds a PhD in Food Biotechnology (University of Perugia, Italy). Her main research work is focused on food microbiology and, especially, on genomics, proteomics, enzymology and physiology of lactic acid bacteria, dairy products, functional foods, food intolerance, food allergies and human microbiota. She is/was involved in several projects as research unit scientific leader. She is Editorial Board Member of the Open Agriculture Journal, Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture Journal and Dataset Papers in Biology.


Address:

Dipartimento di Scienze del Suolo, della Pianta e degli Alimenti, University of Bari, Via G. Amendola 165/a, 70126 Bari, Italy


Tel.:

080 5442946


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E-mail:

m.deangelis@agr.uniba.it

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:

DIEP Dzung


Profile:

I am professor and group leader of a research group with special interest in different aspects of lactic acid bacteria, ranging from bacteriocins, quorum sensing, lactococcal phages, probiotics to gut microbiota. With regard to bacteriocins, we have a keen interest in the mode of action of bacteriocins, receptor recognition, immunity, resistance and drug develpment. We have a growing interest in gut microbiota recently, with bee gut as a model for studying interaction between microbes and their host, and with pigs/mice for studying how nutrition affects the host physiology via gut microbial activities.


Address:

Department of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), Frederik A Dahls vei 4, UMB Po.Box 5003, N1432 Ås, Norway


Tel.:

47-90891859


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E-mail:

Dzung.diep@umb.no

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:

DUPONT Didier


Profile:

Dr Didier DUPONT is Senior scientist at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research which is the second largest institute in the world in this field. Didier DUPONT is leading a research group interested in the mechanisms of disintegration of dairy and egg products in the gastro-intestinal tract. He has developed both in vitro and in vivo models (pigs/piglets) to study food digestion, tracking the dietary peptides released in the gut with immunochemical (ELISA, immunosensors, antibody arrays…) and mass spectrometry techniques. Didier DUPONT is the scientific coordinator of the INFOGEST COST Action, an international network of research institutions working on Food Digestion (2011-2015)


Address:

INRA – Agrocampus Ouest – UMR 1253 STLO, 65 rue de St Brieuc, 35000 Rennes, FRANCE


Tel.:

+33-2-23-48-57-44


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E-mail:

Didier.dupont@rennes.inra.fr

Name:

FAULKNER Olivier


Profile:

Olivia B. Faulkner has focused on poultry health for the past seven years. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the United States Department of Agriculture researching avian influenza infection and prevention in poultry. She developed models for observing avian influenza vaccine efficacy in poultry. Currently, she is studying poultry health by improving gut integrity and mucosal immunity to prevent food borne pathogen transmission from poultry to humans.


Address:

1260 West Maple Street, POSC, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701


Tel.:

001 (479) 871-0797


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E-mail:

otbowen@uark.edu

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:

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:

GOBBETTI Marco


Profile:

Marco Gobbetti is full professor of Food Microbiology at the Department of Soil, Plant and Food Sciences of the University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy. Coordinator of the Ph.D. in Microbiology, Health and Food Chemistry, Past-President of the Italian Society of Microbiology, Agricultural, Environmental and Food, President of the Italian Association of the Agriculture Scientific Societies and member of the Mentoring Group of the Free University of Bolzano, Italy. Associate editor of the journals International Journal of Microbiology and Fermentation Technology. He is member of the Editorial Board of the journals International Dairy Journal and Food Microbiology. He is coordinating a three years national project with other ten research units on the effect of the dietary habitudes on the composition of the gastrointestinal microbiota (http://diet4microgut.avmap.gr).


Address:

Dipartimento di Scienze del Suolo, della Pianta e degli Alimenti, University of Bari, Via G. Amendola 165/a, 70126 Bari, Italy


Tel.:

080 544 2949


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E-mail:

marco.gobbetti@uniba.it

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:

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:

HOULDEN Ashley


Profile:

I am a postdoc at the Univerisity of Manchester and my research covers environmental microbial communities in various habitats e.g. plants, sediments, and now currently the gastrointestinal tract. The focus of my work is looking at microbial community change as a result of pertubations, trying to correlate environemental factors to the pertubations, and key microbial species involved with this. The importance of these pertubations is examined to see if they result in an impact on ecosystems function. My current work is looking at the parasitic nematode Tricuris Spp. and it impact on gut health and function.


Address:

University of Manchester, Faculty of Life Sciences, Michael Smith Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PT, UK


Tel.:

0161 2753911


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E-mail:

Ashley.Houlden@Manchester.ac.uk

Name:

JUGE Nathalie


Profile:

Dr Nathalie Juge is a Research Leader at the Institute of Food Research (IFR, UK, Norwich). The main focus of her research is in understanding the molecular mechanisms of protein-carbohydrate interactions. Her background is on the structure and function of carbohydrate-active enzymes. She is Deputy Head of the “Integrated Biology of the Gastrointestinal Tract” Institute Strategic Programm (ISP) at IFR and leads a Group investigating the molecular mechanisms of interaction between gut bacteria with the host. The main activity within her group currently is on defining the molecular basis for mucin recognition and degradation by gut bacteria and the impact of mucus in the cross-talk between gut bacteria and the host.


Address:

Institute of Food Research, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UA, UK


Tel.:

+44 (0) 1603 255 000


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E-mail:

nathalie.juge@ifr.ac.uk

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:

KOLMEDER Carolin


Profile:

Carolin Kolmeder is a doctoral student at the University of Helsinki and gained both BSc and MSc in nutrition science in Germany. Since the master thesis project her main used approach is proteomics. As part of the PhD project a metaproteomic pipeline has been developed to easily access the proteins contained in fecal material, characterizing the functionality of the intestinal microbes. Research interests are the development of proteomic methods and applying these methods to study the activity of the intestinal microbiota in infants and adults, in health and disease and upon dietary intervention. A further research interest are bioinformatics applications.


Address:

Department of Veterinary Biosciences, Agnes Sjöberginkatu 2 (B.O. Box 66), FIN-00014, University of Helsinki, Finland


Tel.:

+358919157013


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E-mail:

carolin.kolmeder@helsinki.fi

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:

LAWLEY Trevor


Profile:

Trevor Lawley is a Faculty member of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute where he leads the Bacterial Pathogenesis Laboratory. Trevor's research uses high-throughput genome sequencing to investigate the bacterial populations and microbial communities that are associated with health and disease, and murine infection models and clinical samples to identify the pathogen and host factors that are linked to disease and infectivity. http://www.sanger.ac.uk/research/projects/bacterialpathogenesis/


Address:

Bacterial Pathogenesis Laboratory, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1SA, UK


Tel.:

+44 (0)1223 834244


Fax.:

+44 (0)1223 494919


E-mail:

tl2@sanger.ac.uk

Name:

LE VACON Francoise


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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.


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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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francoise.le.vacon@mxns.com

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LEA Tor


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My scientific background and primary research field is basic immunology having worked with topics of both humoral and cellular immunity. I have a special interest in ligand-receptor interactions, intracellular signalling mechanisms and the regulation of gene expression. During the last years my focus has shifted towards innate and mucosal immunology, microbe-host interactions in chronic inflammatory disorders, mucosal stroma cells and stem cells, and mechanisms involved in homeostasis regulation in the intestinal mucosa. My experimental approach is based on in vitro co-culture systems of select bacteria, epithelial and different immune cells, as well as relevant animal experimental models. Research Interests: Mucosal immunology, inflammation, microbe-host interactions.


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Institute of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science Norwegian University of Life Sciences P.O. Box 5003 1432 Ås Norway


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(+47) 6496 6241


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tor.lea@umb.no

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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.


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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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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.


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

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MACCAFERRI Simone


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Simone Maccaferri is currently waiting for the qualification as European PhD Programme in “Microbiology and Industrial Biotechnology” at the University of Bologna, leading the project: “Characterization of the human gut microbiota in health and disease: novel functional foods with potential health-promoting effects for the gut microbiota”. In particular, he is working on the characterization of novel probiotics and prebiotics for the dietary manipulation of the intestinal microbiota. He is author of 6 research paper in the field of microbiota and health. Since March 2009, Simone is the President of the Association of the Italian Biotechnologists (ANBI).


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University of Bologna, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Laboratory of Microbiology / Prof. Patrizia Brigidi’s group, Via Belmeloro 6, Bologna, Italy


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+39 338 64 55 298


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simone.maccaferri@unibo.it

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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


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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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MATAMOROS Sebastien


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Sébastien Matamoros earned a PhD in food microbiology in Nantes, France, working on biopreservation of seafood products and cold adaptation mechanisms of psychrotrophic lactic acid bacteria. He then spent 3 years as a postdoctorate researcher at Laval University, Québec (Canada). During this time he conducted research projects on the typing of probiotic strains and molecular characterization of the variations of the human microbiome. His current interests are focused on the human intestinal microbiota, and the phenomenon leading to dysbiosis or maintenance of the homeostasis.


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Louvaine Drug Research Institute, Bâtiment Van Helmont - Tour 73 - 3ème étage, Avenue E. Mounier, 73 bte B1.73.11, B - 1200 Brussels, Belgium


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+32 2 764 73 69


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E-mail:

sebastien.matamoros@uclouvain.be

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MECA Giuseppe


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I’m, an assistant professor of the University of Valencia, Faculty of Pharmacy. My research activity is focused on the reduction strategies of mycotoxins presents in food using microorganisms present in the intestinal microbiota and also as these microorganisms present in food can reduce the bioaccessibilty and the bioavailability of these toxic bioactive compounds presents in food. I´m also working of the effects of the soluble dietary fiber presents in food on the reduction of the bioaccessibilty and the bioavailability of the Fusarium minor mycotoxins using a simulated gastrointestinal digestion model that simulates the physiological condition of the human digestion.


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University of Valencia-Faculty of Pharmacy, Av. Vicent Andrés Estelles s/n 46100 Burjassot, Valencia, Spain


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+34-667894365


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giuseppe.meca@uv.es

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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.


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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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Tore.Midtvedti@ki.se

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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.


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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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MUNUKKA Eveliina


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My main research interest is determining how the prebiotics influence host microbiota. Mainly microbiota of newborns delivered by caesarean section compared with vaginally delivered infants. Most of my recent works focuses on relationship of gut microbiota and prebiotic, particularly composition of anaerobes in GIT. My next interest is also in probiotic and selection bacteria with best probiotic properties challenge. Next field of my interest are probiotic products and enumeration and identification of probiotic bacteria for Czech Society for Probiotics and Prebiotic. Isolation and purification of oligosaccharides from human milk and growth of intestinal bacteria on human milk oligosaccharides and other prebiotic compounds.


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University of Turku, Kiinamyllynkatu 13, 20520 TURKU, FINLAND


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+358 2 333 51


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laevmu@utu.fi

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MUSILOVA Sarka


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My main research interest is determining how the prebiotics influence host microbiota. Mainly microbiota of newborns delivered by caesarean section compared with vaginally delivered infants. Most of my recent works focuses on relationship of gut microbiota and prebiotic, particularly composition of anaerobes in GIT. My next interest is also in probiotic and selection bacteria with best probiotic properties challenge. Next field of my interest are probiotic products and enumeration and identification of probiotic bacteria for Czech Society for Probiotics and Prebiotic. Isolation and purification of oligosaccharides from human milk and growth of intestinal bacteria on human milk oligosaccharides and other prebiotic compounds.


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Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamycka 129, Prague 6-Suchdol, 16521, Czech Republic


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+420 224382671


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rockova@af.czu.cz

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NEEF Alexander


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Microbiologist (PhD at Technical University of Munich) specialized on Bioinformatics, with long-term experience in Environmental, Evolutionary, Genomic and Microbiology. Postdoctoral Researcher at IATA-CSIC. In the Gastrointestinal Health field his research interests are the study of the gut microbiota and its relation with health and disease as well as the influence of nutrition. Study of composition, dynamics and function of complex communities as well as genomic analysis of isolted members e.g. probiotics candidates.


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IATA-CSIC, Avda. Agustin Escardino, 7, E-46980 Paterna, Valencia, Spain


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+34 96 3900 227 - 2129


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aneef@iata.csic.es

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OOSTINDJER Marije


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I’m a post-doc working at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. For my PhD thesis (Wageningen University, 2011) I investigated the development of feeding behaviour in pigs to improve health and welfare of newly weaned pigs. Gut maturation and health are important factors in weaning associated problems. I currently work on an umbrella activity called ‘The Ecology of Food Perception’. One of the projects I am participating in investigates the links between dietary fibers, gut microbiota and satiety. I’m very interested in the relationship between food, the gut and behaviour.


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Department of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science, P.O. Box 5003, 432 Ås, Norway


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0047-64965840


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Marije.Oostindjer@umb.no

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ORESIC Matej


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Prof. Matej Orešič: PhD in biophysics (Cornell University). Since 2003 he leads the research in domains of quantitative biology and bioinformatics at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (Espoo, Finland), where he is a Research Professor in Systems Biology and Bioinformatics. Director of the newly established Finnish Centre of Excellence in Molecular Systems Immunology and Physiology Research (2012-2017). Co-founder and board member of Zora Biosciences, Oy. (Espoo, Finland), current board member of the Metabolomics Society. Main research areas are metabolomics applications in biomedical research and integrative bioinformatics. Recent investigations include studies of longitudinal metabolic profiles of children who progressed to type 1 diabetes, investigations of lipidomic profiles associated with acquired obesity and lipotoxicity induced insulin resistance and metabolomic studies of psychiatric disorders.


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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Tietotie 2, P.O. Box 1000 FIN-02044 VTT, Espoo, Finland


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+358 20 722 4491


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matej.oresic@vtt.fi

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PENNOCK Joanne


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I am a non-clinical lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine and Human Sciences at the University of Manchester. I am an experimental immunologist researching mechanisms of gut inflammation using disease models to inform clinical research, particularly Crohn’s Disease. I also collaborate with gastroenterologists to inform clinical observation and research. Current interests include the genetics determining susceptibility to large intestinal inflammation and the role of the enteric nervous system in the regulation of colitis. See http://www.mig.ls.manchester.ac.uk/people/joannepennock/ for further details. Research Interests: Immunology, Genetics, Parasitology


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Faculty of Medicine and Human Sciences, University of Manchester, 4.004 AVHill Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PT, UK


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+44 161 275 1582


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E-mail:

joanne.pennock@manchester.ac.uk

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POT Bruno


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Bruno Pot performed a PhD at the University of Gent and is currently Research Director of the laboratory Lactic Acid Bacteria and Mucosal Immunity at the Pasteur Institute in Lille, France, guest professor at the Free University Brussels (VUB) and Director of Business Development at the bioinformatics company Applied Maths, Belgium. Current research interests include functional foods, probiotics in particular, with special interest in the mechanisms of action as well as the legal issues (EFSA). Professional interests include food safety (courses at the VUB) and data management, particularly polyphasic data analysis for data from a variety of origins (Applied Maths). Research Interests: Bioinformatics.


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Bactéries Lactiques et Immunité des Muqueuses, Centre Infection et Immunité Lille, Institut Pasteur de Lille, 1 Rue du Prof. Calmette, 59019 Lille cedex, France


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+33-320-871187


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E-mail:

bruno.pot@ibl.fr

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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.


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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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ROBERTS Ian


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Ian Roberts Professor of Microbiology. Research interests: Changes in gut flora as a consequence of chronic infection. The mechanism by which Escherichia coli Nissle 1917 functions as a probiotic on mucosal surfaces, in particular the role of the K5 capsule. Physiology of the intracellular food borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes.


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Disease Systems Section, Faculty of Life Sciences, Michael Smith Building, Dover Street, University of Manchester, M13 9PT, UK


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0161-275-1585


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E-mail:

i.s.roberts@manchester.ac.uk

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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.


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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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jmrodrig@vet.ucm.es

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ROSS Paul


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R. Paul Ross graduated from University College Cork with B.Sc and Ph.D in Microbiology, and received D.Sc from The National University of Ireland (2009). He was Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University Medical Center NC, and subsequently leader of the Biotechnology & Food Programmes at Teagasc Ireland. He has been awarded “The William C. Haines Dairy Science Award” by California Dairy Research Foundation (2007), the‘Lifescience & Food Commercialisation Award Winner (2008) by Enterprise Ireland and the Elie Metchnikoff Prize in Microbiology (2010), and was elected member of The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) in 2010 in recognition of his academic achievement.


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


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+353 25 42229


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E-mail:

Paul.Ross@teagasc.ie

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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.


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


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+44 1183788703


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i.rowland@reading.ac.uk

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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).


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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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SOKOL Harry


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Assistant Professor ( Gastroenterology) PhD (Mcrobiology)


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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).


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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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STROMPFOVA Viola


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Researcher at the Institute of Animal Physiology SAS (Laboratory of Animal Microbiology) dealing with the isolation and characterization of lactic acid bacteria as potential probiotics, production of bacteriocin substances and in vivo assesment of promising strains. Dogs are dominant area of interest from the viewpoint to prevent their current medical problems through the application of natural substances (probiotics, prebiotics, plants). Has been involved in solution of EU project, author of Utility model and probiotic product for dogs commercialy produced.


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


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+421-(0)55-7922971


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E-mail:

strompfv@saske.sk

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SZABOOVA Renata


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I have studied and specialized in animal physiology and microbiology for 4 years, in the study of natural substances, such as bacteriocin-producing bacteria with probiotic character, to study effect of herbal essentials in vitro as well as in vivo (especially in rabbits husbandry), detail studies of bacteriocins produced by Enterococcus faecium strains of different origin.


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Institute of Animal Physiology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Šoltésovej 4-6, 040 01 Košice, Slovak Republic


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+ 421 55 792 2971


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E-mail:

szaboova@saske.sk

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TAMASSY Klara


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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.


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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

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TEIXEIRA Cristina


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Cristina Teixeira is a PhD Student in a joint research project between Food Science Division in Chalmers and in Applied Nutrition division in Lund. Her research is focused on the barley malt and by-products for improved intestinal health. Barley and barley malt contain a high level of bioactive compounds for colonic fermentation into short-chain fatty acids. The work includes chemical characterization and bioprocessing of specific raw material and studies using in vitro and in vivo models.


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Applied Nutrition and Food Chemistry, Chemical Centre, Lund University, SE 221 00 Lund


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+46(0)738-964424


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E-mail:

cristina.teixeira@appliednutrition.lth.se

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THIELE Ines


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Ines Thiele is a systems biologist at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) where she currently heads a research group in Molecu- lar Systems Physiology. She earned her Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from the Palsson’s lab at the University of California San Diego and subsequently occupied research at the University of Iceland, first as Assistant Professor, then as Associate Professor. In 2013, she’s joined the University of Luxem- bourg as an Associate Professor of Systems Biomedicine and as ATTRACT Fellow. Her research aims to improve our understanding on how diet influences human health by building comprehensive models of human cells and human-associated microbes. She also developed recently a computational framework permitting to model comprehensively in silico the metabolic interactions between the human host and gut microbes.


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Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, University of Luxembourg, Campus Belval, 7, avenue des Hauts-Four neaux, L-4362 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg


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+352 46 66 44 6647


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E-mail:

ines.thiele@uni.lu

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VAALI Kirsi


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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.


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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

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VAN HEMERT Saskia


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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.


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Winclove, Hulstweg 11, 1032 LB Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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+31 20 4350235


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E-mail:

saskiavanhemert@winclove.nl

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VENEMA, Koen


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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.


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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.


Address:

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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E-mail:

kristin.verbeke@med.kuleuven.be

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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.


Address:

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.


Address:

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.


Address:

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


Tel.:

+(0)1603 597266


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+(0)1603 593233


E-mail:

alastair.watson@uea.ac.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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