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:

AGUIRRE Marisol


Profile:

Marisol Aguirre is a PhD student at Maastricht University with a MSc studies in the same university. Her master thesis was about investigating the role of gut microbiota in lean and obese subjects using the dynamic in vitro proximal colon model (TIM-2) developed by the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). Her doctoral project is a continuation of her master’s research which also includes the effects of different fibers on the composition and activity of the gut microbiota.


Address:

Maastricht University/TNO/ TIFN, Van Eysingalaan 62, 3527 VM, Utrecht, The Netherlands


Tel.:

+31 65 472 70 29


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E-mail:

Marisol.aguirremorales@tno.nl

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:

ANDRADE Jose Carlos


Profile:

José Carlos M. Andrade is Assistant Professor of the Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde- Norte and Researcher of The Health Sciences Research Center (CICS). He got his B.Sc. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Porto Portugal and his Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology from the Portuguese Catholic University. His research interests are focused on: (i) production of value added compounds for food and pharmaceutical industries via fermentation (CLA, organic acids, butanol, 1,3-propanediol); (ii) Use of proteins and polysaccharides for micro and nanoencapsulation; (iii) improvement of stability and functionality of probiotics through their microencapsulation.


Address:

Dep. Ciências Farmacêuticas, Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde - Norte (ISCSN), R. Central de Gandra, 1317, 4585-116 GANDRA PRD - PORTUGAL


Tel.:

+351-224157185


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E-mail:

jose.andrade@iscsn.cespu.pt

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:

BACKHED Fredrik


Profile:

Associate Professor, Fredrik Bäckhed, an expert in cellular microbiology and mouse physiology, combines clinical oriented research with gnotobiotic mouse models to address the role of the normal gut microbiota in metabolic diseases. Dr Bäckhed holds a PhD from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden in 2002 and performed his postdoctoral training at Washington University, St Louis where he identified the gut microbiota as an environmental factor that regulates adiposity and obesity. Dr Bäckhed has received several prestigious awards: Chorafas Prize (2003), Ingvar Carlsson Award (2006), Dr Eric K Fernström Foundation’s Prize to Young Swedish Scientists (2010), and the DPLU/LUDC Nordic Prize for an Outstanding Young Diabetes Investigator (2010). He was elected to the Young Academy of Sweden hosted by the Royal Academy of Sciences (2011).


Address:

Wallenberg Laboratory and Center for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research, Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, 41345 Gothenburg, Sweden


Tel.:

+46 31 3427833


Fax.:

+46 31 823762


E-mail:

Fredrik.Backhed@wlab.gu.se

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:

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:

BUSSOLO DE SOUZA Carlota


Profile:

PhD student awarded with the grant from the Brazilian government program “Science without Borders” that is currently being performed in the Netherlands. The PhD project is entitled “Prebiotic effects of Brazilian by-products of industrial processing of cassava, orange and passion fruit and their relationship with obesity”. Bachelor degree in Nutrition from the University of Santa Catarina (Brazil) and master degree in “Health Food Innovation Management” from Maastricht University (the Netherlands).


Address:

Groningen University, Musicallaan, 285, 3543 EC – Utrecht, The Netherlands


Tel.:

(31) 0654364604


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E-mail:

carlotabussolo@hotmail.com

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


Fax.:


E-mail:

patrice.cani@uclouvain.be

Name:

CARAFA Ilaria


Profile:

I obtained a Master degree in Vegetal and Food Biotechnology from the University of Milan (2010) and a Master of Arts in Pharmaceutical Industry and Medical Biotechnology from the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain, 2011). I carried out research on the production of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) by lactic acid bacteria and on the detection of antimicrobial activity of probiotic strains. Since November 2011, I’m enrolled as PhD student at the University of Ancona and I’m working as PhD researcher at the Fondazione Edmund Mach. My research activity is focused on the characterization of lactic acid bacteria from Malga-cheese and the evaluation of their technological and healthy attributes.


Address:

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


Tel.:

+39 0461 615118


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E-mail:

Ilaria.carafa@fmach.it

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:

CEBECI AYDIN Aysun


Profile:

My main topic is microbiology of lactic acid bacteria, including probiotics and starter organisms. In my PhD, I have studied identification and typing of yoghurt starter bacteria, and my recent research topics include evaluation of traditional dairy foods’ microbial communities and bacteriocins. I currently work as an Assistant Professor in Department of Food Engineering, Abdullah Gul University.


Address:

Faculty of Engineering, Department of Food Engineering, Abdullah Gul University, Kayseri , Turkey


Tel.:

00-90-3523388860/14


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E-mail:

aysun.cebeciaydin@agu.edu.tr

Name:

CERDO RAEZ Tomas


Profile:

Tomás Cerdó Ráez is a PhD student at the University of Granada. He is a fellow of the Department of Paediatrics funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education. His doctoral project is focused on the establishment of the gut microbiota in early life at two addressed from two perspectives: a compositional level and functional level active bacterial populations in human gut microbiota in relation to behavior in children of mothers with normal weight, obese, overweight and diabetic. His research interests are the theory of linking microbiota metabolism in children with neurodevelopmental coming from mothers with impaired health status, seeing as this may influence the child's behavior and what are the metabolites or species bacteria that produce this change of behavior.


Address:

Department of Paeditrics. School of Medicine, University of Granada. EURISTIKOS Center. Avd de Madrid, 11, 18012 Granada, SPAIN.


Tel.:

(+34) 627385755


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E-mail:

Thomascr3@hotmail.com

Name:

CERQUEIRA Miguel


Profile:

Miguel Ângelo Parente Ribeiro Cerqueira is graduated in Chemical and Biological Engineering since 2005. He is finishing the PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering, (University of Minho), where he works in the development of biomaterials for food applications, mainly in physicochemical characterization of edible films and coatings and their application in food products. In April of 2011 will start a Posdoctoral fellowship based on the development and characterization of nano-structured systems for food applications.


Address:

Departamento de Engenharia Biológica, IBB - Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Centre of Biological Engineering.Universidade do Minho, Campus de Gualtar - 4710-057 Braga, Portugal


Tel.:

+351 253 604400


Fax.:


E-mail:

miguelcerqueira@deb.uminho.pt

Name:

CHO Gyu-Sung


Profile:

My main research field is focusing on human microflora as microbiologist. I have worked to characterize probiotic candidate strains belonging to L. plantarum species, to apply probiotic candidate strains to food fermentation, and bacterial metabolite in invitro system. Currently, I am involved in the development a cell culture system to measure the functionality of strict anaerobic human intestinal microorganisms to differentiated intestinal cell (Caco-2 cell) and to measure immune modulation effect of these strains and epithelial tight junction permeability.


Address:

Max Rubner Institute, Department of Physiology and Biochemistry of Nutrition, Haid-und-Neu Strasse. 9. 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany


Tel.:

+49 721 6625 440


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E-mail:

gyusung.cho@mri.bund.de

Name:

CILLA Antonio


Profile:

Received his Degree on Pharmacy in 2003 and his Degree on Food Science and Technology in 2005 and PhD (with honors) in Food Science in 2010 at the University of Valencia. Now Senior Research Technician at the University of Valencia where collaborates in different research projects and Assistant Professor of Nutrition at the University Cardenal Herrera-CEU. He has research interests in the field of bioaccessibility, bioavailability and bioactivity of functional foods and related bioactive compounds and minerals in vivo and in vitro in cell line models. He has authored a number of journal, book chapters and conference publications in Food Science and Nutrition area, and is an active reviewer for a number of prestigious international journals.


Address:

Nutrition and Food Science Area. Faculty of Pharmacy. University of Valencia, Avda. Vicente Andrés Estellés s/n 46100, Burjassot-Valencia, Spain


Tel.:

+34 96 354 37 66


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E-mail:

antonio.cilla@uv.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


Fax.:


E-mail:

alfonso.clemente@eez.csic.es

Name:

COLLADO Maria Carmen


Profile:

M. Carmen Collado, PhD (Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain); Ramon y Cajal Scientist at IATA-CSIC, Spain. Her research work is multidisciplinary and includes microbiology, food science and nutrition areas. Her main research areas are probiotics, microbiota and health and nutrition. Her research experience are basic research on molecular analysis and evaluation of health effects of beneficial bacteria and probiotics, the microbial-host interactions, microbiome and its role in human health and diseases and the influence of diet (lactation) and other factors.


Address:

Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Science (IATA), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Department of Biotechnology, Unit of Lactic Acid Bacteria and Probiotics, Av. Agustin Escardino nº7, 46980 Paterna, Valencia (SPAIN)


Tel.:

+34 96 390 00 22 (Ext. 2020)


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E-mail:

mcolam@iata.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:

CUTTING Simon


Profile:

Bacterial geneticist with over 25 years of experience with Bacillus since graduating from Oxford University (D. Phil, 1986) on understanding the genetic control of spore formation in Bacillus subtilis. Spent 7 years in the renowned laboratory of Professor Richard Losick at Harvard University Biological Laboratories and 3 years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. Returned to UK in 1996 and has worked on developing bacterial spores as novel oral vaccines. The Cutting lab has developed a number of prototype oral vaccines and is working with one major vaccine company in a collaborative project to develop better, 2nd generation, oral vaccines. Another research area is his work on Bacillus probiotics and he was the first to address the fundamental mechanisms that might enable these bacteria to promote potential health benefits. www.sporegen.com


Address:

Professor Simon M. Cutting, School of Biological Sciences, Bourne Laboratories, 4-26, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 OEX, UK


Tel.:

+44-(0)1784-443760


Fax.:

+44-(0)1784-414224


E-mail:

s.cutting@rhul.ac.uk

Name:

DAGISTAN Ferya


Profile:

I graduated from Hacettepe University as a Food Engineer in 2006. My first job experience started with McCormick-Turkey as Raw Material Intake Quality Assurance Engineer in between 2006-2007, then I worked as R&D Technologiest at the same company until the end of 2010. Recently, I have been working as R&D Team Leader since 2010 in Ozsut which is a big chain of desert & cake manufacturer in İzmir,Turkey. I am responsible of the quality assessments of Ozsut products, developing new functional foods and other promising projects. I have visited England, Italy, Germany and France to be involved in various projects and fairs.


Address:

STP Gıda San. Tic. A.Ş., KOSBİ Ulucak Köyü No:51, 35170 Kemalpaşa / İZMİR, TURKEY


Tel.:

+90 232 877 0011


Fax.:


E-mail:

ferya.dagistan@ozsut.com.tr

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


Fax.:


E-mail:

m.deangelis@agr.uniba.it

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


Fax.:


E-mail:

dimiter.v.dimitrov@gmail.com

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


Fax.:


E-mail:

Didier.dupont@rennes.inra.fr

Name:

EXL-PREYSCH Bianca-Maria


Profile:

I was working for 25 years as scientific consultant in various positions with Nestlé, mainly in infant nutrition (allergy prevention) and probiotics. Probiotics was my main topic not only for infants but also for elderlies and animals. Now, I am on my own and working as a consultant for another company in probiotics again. I am also a consultant for the health authorities in Switzerland in terms of probiotics. As such, it could be really interesting to discuss those tops together. Research Interest: Allergy.


Address:

Niederwies 12, CH 8363 Bichelsee, Switzerland


Tel.:

0041-71-971 1233


Fax.:


E-mail:

bmexl@bluewin.ch

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


Fax.:


E-mail:

Francesca.fava@fmach.it

Name:

FLINT Harry


Profile:

Harry Flint and his group are interested in the microbial ecology of the mammalian gut, in particular the human large intestine. His work focuses on the degradation of dietary non-digestible carbohydrates including resistant starch and plant cell wall polymers, making use of anaerobic culturing, genomics, molecular detection methodologies and both theoretical and lab-based modelling. The group has also made progress in understanding the microbiology of short chain fatty acid formation in the colon, especially with regard to butyrate formation and lactate utilization, and the responsiveness of microbial communities to dietary change.


Address:

Microbiology Group, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen, Greenburn Road, Bucksburn, Aberdeen AB21 9SB, United Kingdom


Tel.:

+44 1224 716651


Fax.:


E-mail:

h.flint@abdn.ac.uk

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


Fax.:


E-mail:

Charles.Franz@mri.bund.de

Name:

FRIGOLA Ana


Profile:

Professor of Nutrition and Food Science (Faculty of Pharmacy. University of Valencia). Doctor in Pharmacy. Director of the research group "Nutraliment". Author of numerous scientific articles in prestigious international journals and book chapters in the area of Nutrition and Food Science. Principal investigator of European and national projects, as well as private companies. The main objective is to understand the processes and their effects on nutrients and bioactive compounds and potential impact on the consumer. Currently his research focuses on the study of bioactive compounds (nutrients and non-nutrients) in fruits and vegetables. Studying the effect of conservation processes using non-thermal technologies and during the storage period.


Address:

Faculty of Pharmacy. Avda. Vicent Andres Estelles s/n. 46100 Burjassot, Spain


Tel.:

+34963544955


Fax.:


E-mail:

ana.frigola@uv.es

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


Fax.:


E-mail:

ivetag@obsidianresearch.co.uk

Name:

GARCIA ALVAREZ Luis Benito


Profile:

Researcher at the University of Oviedo and director of research at the Cider Foundation. Author of more than one hundred publications such as “Drink and knowledge” (2005 and 2008, winner GOURMAND 2005) and “The Cider representations” (2008, winner GOURMAND 2008). Has been appointed by the Government of the Principality of Asturias, with the unanimous support of the General Board, to document the nomination of the culture of cider as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.


Address:

Universidad de Oviedo / Departamento de Historia Teniente Alfonso Martínez s/n, 33011-Oviedo, Asturias, Spain


Tel.:

(34) 985 60 10 35


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E-mail:

benitogarciaalvarez@yahoo.es

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:

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:

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:

GURSOZ Sena


Profile:

I graduated as food engineer in 2004 from Suleyman Demirel University in Isparta, Turkey, I am a member of the Chamber of Food Engineers. Chief Production Manager (since 2005) in a Market Leader company, dealing with dairy desserts, cakes and chocolate. I was involved in a project which includes sugar replacers in dairy desserts; results yielded the production of three types of desserts using splenda. Current research interests: developing functional dairy desserts and yoghurt with the addition of probiotics and prebiotics. Recently we have started to introduce our artisanal starter cultures in yoghurt and also add probiotic-prebiotic property to our starter culture. My current professional interests include management of innovation and new product development for the Dessert Industry.


Address:

STP Gıda San. ve Tic. A.Ş., Ulucak Köyü Organize San. Blg. Atatürk Mah. Ankara Asfaltı No:51 Kemalpaşa / İzmir, TURKEY


Tel.:

+90 232 877 00 11


Fax.:

+90 232 877 00 12


E-mail:

sena.gursoz@ozsut.com.tr

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:

HOLMA Reeta


Profile:

Reetta Holma, PhD researcher, team leader of an “intestinal permeability” group investigating effects of nutritional factors and the modulation of intestinal microbiota on intestinal permeability defect and their mechanisms. The group is especially focused on the influence of probiotics, obesity and the modulation of dietary fat or protein composition on intestinal permeability.


Address:

Institute of Biomedicine, pharmacology, Biomedicum Helsinki, P.O. Box 63, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki


Tel.:

+358 500 945 190


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E-mail:

reetta.holma@helsinki.fi

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:

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:

KORPELA Riitta


Profile:

chairs the professorship in Medical Nutrition Physiology at the Institute of Biomedicine, University of Helsinki since 2008, but has been part of the Institute since 1997. She has supervised 13 PhD theses and 27 MSc theses and published 165 original papers and a number of reviews and other articles. She is a member of The European Joint Programming Initiative A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life”. Her group is regarded as one of the frontier groups in the area of functional foods. The group uses both in vitro and animal models and has a long experience in clinical trials. They work with gastrointestinal research models and have established and validated the methods for differentiated intestinal cell cultures, including measurement of epithelial barrier integrity.


Address:

Medical Nutrition Physiology, Institute of Biomedicine, University of Helsinki, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland


Tel.:

(+358)9 191 25354


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E-mail:

riitta.korpela@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:

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:

LEHTORANTA Liisa


Profile:

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


Tel.:

Tel+358 407 667 418


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E-mail:

liisa.lehtoranta@helsinki.fi

Name:

LIMA Maria


Profile:

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


Tel.:

0039 0461 615595


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E-mail:

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

Name:

LJUNGH Asa


Profile:

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.


Address:

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


Tel.:

+46-46173283 or


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E-mail:

asa.ljungh@med.lu.se

Name:

LOPEZ-RUBIO Amparo


Profile:

Food and polymer scientist with broad experience in material’s characterization. Most of my research work has dealt with the study of the relationship between structure and functionality both in food packaging materials and in functional ingredients (resistant starch). Currently, I am involved in the development of novel encapsulation structures for the protection of functional ingredients like probiotics (I have worked with different bifidobacterial strains). This involves the selection of the best encapsulating materials depending on the expected outcomes (i.e. protection during storage and/or digestion, controlled release of ingredients, etc.).


Address:

Avenida Agustin Escardino 7, 46980 Paterna (Valencia), España


Tel.:

+34 963900022 (ext. 2514)


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E-mail:

amparo.lopez@iata.csic.es

Name:

MACFARLANE George


Profile:

Current position: Professor of Bacteriology, University of Dundee. Research interests: Intestinal microbiology, ecology and physiology of gut bacteria, microbial growth on surfaces and in biofilms, role of microorganisms in inflammatory bowel disease, effects of ageing on the gut, therapeutic uses of probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics.


Address:

University of Dundee, Microbiology and Gut Biology Group, Centre for Oncology and Molecular Medicine, Ninewells Hospital Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY, UK


Tel.:

(0)1382 496250


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E-mail:

g.t.macfarlane@dundee.ac.uk

Name:

MARCHESI Julian


Profile:

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


Tel.:

+44 (0)29 208 74188


Fax.:

+44 (0)29 20874305


E-mail:

marchesijr@cardiff.ac.uk

Name:

MCLAUGHLIN John


Profile:

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


Tel.:

0(044) 161 275 1819


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E-mail:

John.Mclaughlin@manchester.ac.uk

Name:

MIETTINEN Minja


Profile:

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


Tel.:

+358 50 398 7204


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E-mail:

minja.miettinen@valio.fi

Name:

MIEZELIENE Aldona (Steering Committee)


Profile:

Head of the sensory analysis laboratory of Kaunas Technological university (KTU) Food institute. She is responsible for the creation and development of the sensory analysis system in Lithuania. Her research is focused on the application of the biotechnological tools with the view of creation and supplying added value food products with high nutrition and sensory quality, investigation of functionality of the biologically active ingredients and their impact on food model systems and possibility to use such ingredients in development of fuctional food.


Address:

Food institute of Kaunas Technological University, Taikos av. 92, LT 51180, Kaunas, Lithuania


Tel.:

+37 037 312587


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E-mail:

aldonam@lmai.lt

Name:

MIKELSAAR Marika


Profile:

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


Tel.:

+372 7374179


Fax.:

+372 7374172


E-mail:

marika.mikelsaar@ut.ee

Name:

MYKKANEN Hannu


Profile:

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


Tel.:

+358 50 5696965


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E-mail:

hannu.mykkanen@uef.fi

Name:

NEEF Alexander


Profile:

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.


Address:

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


Tel.:

+34 96 3900 227 - 2129


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E-mail:

aneef@iata.csic.es

Name:

NOBRE Clarisse


Profile:

CLARISSE NOBRE obtained the degree of Biological Engineering in 2003 in the University of Minho. In 2004, she worked in nutrition and dietetic consulting. She concluded the pos-graduate studies in Technology Science and Food Safety in the Faculty of Science of the University of Porto, in 2006. In 2005/2006 worked as a researcher in the Biological Engineering Centre of the University of Minho, in fermentation processes with bio-reactors and downstream processing. Since 2007 is working with the University of Minho, Slovak University and University of Mons for the PhD project, in Fructo-oligosaccharides production by fermentation and purification by chromatographic processes as Simulated Moving Bed.


Address:

Campus de Gualtar, Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal


Tel.:

(+351) 253 604 400


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E-mail:

clarissenobre@deb.uminho.pt

Name:

NYMAN Margareta (Steering Committee)


Profile:

Margareta Nyman, professor and head of the Department at Applied Nutrition and Food Chemistry at Lund University in Sweden, is working with nutritional effects of indigestible carbohydrates in relation to their structural and physico-chemical properties. Great importance is placed on factors that may change the properties of these carbohydrates, such as plant breeding, storage and processing techniques, the in vivo end-point being to optimize nutritional parameters and produce food with specific health effects. Fermentation, fatty-acid formation and bulking effects are being studied in vivo in the rat and in man. She has also been working with metabolic effects of dietary fibre, especially those in vegetables. Her research is interdisciplinary and she has a number of collaborations with e.g. the medical faculty (www.appliednutrition.lth.se).


Address:

Applied Nutrition and Food Chemistry, Department of Food Technology, Engineering and Nutrition, Kemicentrum, Lund University, P.O. Box 124, 221 00 Lund, Sweden


Tel.:

+46 46 222 4567


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E-mail:

Margareta.Nyman@appliednutrition.lth.se

Name:

OOSTINDJER Marije


Profile:

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.


Address:

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


Tel.:

0047-64965840


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E-mail:

Marije.Oostindjer@umb.no

Name:

ORESIC Matej


Profile:

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.


Address:

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


Tel.:

+358 20 722 4491


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E-mail:

matej.oresic@vtt.fi

Name:

OZCAN Ezgi


Profile:

Research Asisstant at Food Engineering Department and MSc Biotechnology Program Student at Yeditepe University, İstanbul,Turkey. Graduated from BSc. Food Engineering Middle East Technical University. My interest of field is on bioavailability of natural bioactive compounds and how they interact with gastrointestinal microbiota such as modulation of lactic acid bacteria on gut health and developing in vitro fermentation models for analysis of interaction between them. Production of bioactive compounds by the help of lactic acid bacteria to improve the nutritional and sensorial quality of foods.


Address:

Yeditepe University, Engineering and Architecture Faculty, Food Engineering Department, Kayisdagi, Atasehir, Istanbul, Turkey


Tel.:

+90 216 578 00 00 (3893)


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E-mail:

ozcanezgi88@gmail.com

Name:

PASTRANA Lorenzo


Profile:

Dr. Lorenzo Pastrana is a professor with 18 years experience in fermentation and enzyme processes to valorize food wastes. He is the leader of the Food Biotechnology Group, was director of the Centro de Investigación, Transferencia e Innovación (CITI) and was the former Director of Knowledge Transfer Office at the University of Vigo. He has a PhD degree in Pharmacy. He is author of more than 50 international papers and four licensed patent for valorization of food wastes by fermentation and other biotechonological procedures. He works in probiotic lactic acid bacteria developing molecular techiques to describe the evolution of gut microbiota.


Address:

Area de Nutrición e Bromatoloxía, Facultade de Ciencias de Ourense, As Lagoas 32004 Ourense, Spain


Tel.:

988387062


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E-mail:

pastrana@uvigo.es

Name:

PATTERSON Angeles


Profile:

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


Tel.:

(34) 985103578


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E-mail:

patterson@uniovi.es

Name:

PINOTTI Luciano


Profile:

Dr. Luciano Pinotti - Researcher and Lecturer in Animal Nutrition and Feeding at the Department of Veterinary Sciences and Technology for Food Safety, Veterinary Faculty, University of Milan, Italy Since 2008 Chair of COST Action FA0802 Feed For Health – ESF/COST. Since 2006 has been in charge of the Italian unit of the EU Project SAFEED-PAP-[FP6-2005-FOOD-4-B].Research interests: alternatives to animal growth promoters; supplementation of vitamin and vitamin-like substances in dairy ruminants; Feed safety; Nutrient supply and metabolic support of lactation in dairy ruminants. Research Interests: Animal nutrition and feeding.


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Department of Veterinary Sciences and Technology for Food Safety, Veterinary Faculty, University of Milan, Italy


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+39 0250315742


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luciano.pinotti@unimi.it

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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.


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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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sap@biogaia.se

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POSSEMIERS Sam


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Sam Possemiers obtained a PhD at Ghent University (LabMET) on the production of phytoestrogens from hops by intestinal bacteria. Since 2007 he works as a postdoctoral researcher at LabMET. His main research interest is the use of in vitro gut models to study the interaction between intestinal bacteria and human health. This includes pro- and prebiotics, bioavailability of bioactives and the relation between intestinal bacteria and obesity/immune health. In 2008, he also founded the spin-off company ProDigest, which uses a unique in vitro technology platform to provide services in the field of gastrointestinal transit, bioavailability and metabolism, to the operators in the food and pharmaceutical sector.


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Fac. Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Coupure Links 653, 9000 Ghent, Belgium


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+32 9 264 59 78


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sam.possemiers@ugent.be

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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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m.g.priebe@umcg.nl

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RAVI Anuradha


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I am a PhD student at the IKBM department in Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway. I work on gut microbiology. I did my bachelors and masters at VIT University, India. My main specialization is Molecular microbiology and presently working on the antibiotic resistance in commensal bacteria.


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Norwegian University of Life sciences (UMB), Institutt of Kjemi, Bioteknologi og Matvitenskap, Postboks 5003, 1432, Ås, Norway


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+4797887243


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Anuradha.ravi@umb.no

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RODRIGUES Ligia


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Positions: Assistant Professor at University of Minho and founder of BIOTEMPO Ltd. Research interests: synthetic biology, cancer diagnosis and prevention, biosurfactants and functional food. Published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters Experience as PI in several research projects, supervision of several PhD, MsC and postdocs. Close collaboration with several national and international research groups and companies.


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Department of Biological Engineering, University of Minho Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal


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00351253601979


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lrmr@deb.uminho.pt

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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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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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RUIZ RODRIGUEZ Alicia


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Alicia Ruiz is a PhD student at the University of Granada. She is a fellow of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education. Her doctoral project is currently on active bacterial populations in human gut microbiota. Research interests are the diversity of the intestinal microbiota and reconstruction of metabolic pathways through genomic analysis, proteomics and metabolomics in intestinal microbiota and the development of enzymatic assays methods for studying the activity of the intestinal microbiota in lean and obese and upon dietary intervention.


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Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology. University of Granada, Center of Biomedical Research. Laboratory 119. Avd. del Conocimiento s/n. 18100, Armilla, Granada, SPAIN.


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0034-958241000 ext20318


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aliruizrodriguez@ugr.es

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SALONEN Anne


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Anne Salonen is a research scientist at University of Helsinki, Finland. She has multidisciplinary training in biosciences and PhD in microbiology. Several years research experience in molecular microbiology and microbial ecology. Research activities are focused on the composition and activity of the intestinal microbiota in health and disease (MetS, IBS, IBD) with links to nutrition and biomedicine. Main research methodology is phylogenetic microarray (HITChip), also involved in metaproteomic work. Co-organizer of the yearly Finnish Gut Day seminar.


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


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+ 358 405059831


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anne.salonen@helsinki.fi

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SAMLI Merve


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I am a research assistant in Izmir Institute of Technology. I am continuing my post graduate education; I am studying about probiotics & prebiotics and/or models for human gastrointestinal system/microbioata. Educational Background: BSc in Food engineering from Ege University;MSc In Biotechnology from İzmir Institute of High Technology Experimental skills and research areas; Probiotics & prebiotics and human gastrointestinal system/microbioata. Olive oil and its analyses, Antioxidant compounds, Silk Fibroin, medical plants and methods for their extraction, cyclodextrin and their complexes, egg, films and their usage in food and drug industry, controlled drug delivery; sensory analyses (esp. for olive oil, cheese); thermal characterization.


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Izmir Institute of High Technology, Food Engineering Department, Urla TR-35430, İzmir , TURKEY


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+905555638835


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mervesamli@iyte.edu.tr

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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).


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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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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.


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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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yolsanz@iata.csic.es

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SCOTT Karen


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My main research area is the molecular microbiology and ecology of bacteria resident in the human gastrointestinal tract, focussing on the utilisation of prebiotic and other dietary substrates by commensal gut bacteria. Many of the abundant, metabolically important gut bacteria utilise specific dietary substrates, including resistant starch and prebiotics, for growth, illustrated by assessing changes in microbial diversity and activity following dietary shifts. Microarray technology,was used to investigate differential gene expression in Roseburia inulinivorans, a butyrate-producing obligate gut anaerobe. A novel metabolic pathway was identified enabling the utilisation of host derived epithelial glycoconjugates as energy sources during times of dietary starvation, facilitating its survival in the gut. These examples illustrate the adaptability and resilience of resident gut bacteria for survival.


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Microbial Ecology Group, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen, Greenburn Road, Bucksburn, Aberdeen, Scotland, AB21 9SB, UK


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0044 (0) 1224 712751 ext 2224


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k.scott@rowett.ac.uk

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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.


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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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npshah@hku.hk

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SIMOES Catarina


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PhD Student (major Food Biotechnology) at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. Education: Licenciate in Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal. Research interests: Characterization of the gut microbiota; Effects of diet in the gut microbiota; Probiotics.


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VTT – Technical Research Centre of Finland, Biotechnology,Tietotie 2,02044 Espoo, Finland


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+358452676973


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catarina.simoes@helsinki.fi

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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.


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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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casocaciu@usamvcluj.ro

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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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catherine.stanton@teagasc

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STENMAN Lotta


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Lotta Stenman studies the effects of a high-fat diet on intestinal permeability and inflammation in a mouse model of diet-induced obesity, with a mechanistic focus on bile acids and their inflammatory effects in the gut. The role of increased intestinal permeability in chronic, low-grade inflammation and endotoxaemia is also assessed. Intestinal permeability is measured ex vivo with an Ussing chamber using FITC-labeled dextrans. Lotta Stenman is a Ph.D. student in the Institute of Biomedicine, with a master's degree in nutrition and food sciences.


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Institute of Biomedicine, P.O. Box 63, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland


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+358414330438


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lotta.stenman@helsinki.fi

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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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strompfv@saske.sk

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STSEPETOVA Jelena


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Employment: Department of Microbiology, University of Tartu – research fellow. Current research fields: Microbial interaction in GI tract (metabolic and molecular markers and their determination by molecular methods).


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


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+372 7 374 174


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jelena.stsepetova@ut.ee

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SWIATECKA Dominika


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My area of interest concerns the impact of food proteins modified by processes naturally occurring in vivo, such as glycation and hydrolysis, on the human intestinal ecosystem. My research involve the estimation of alterations of gut bacterial biodiversity of healthy individuals and ones suffering from various intestinal disorders, changes of their metabolic activity, adhesive potential as well as their ability to translocate the intestinal barrier. Molecular techniques (FISH, PCR-DGGE, real-time PCR), fluorescence techniques (DAPI, CTC, Live/Dead), cell line cultures (Caco-2 , Raji cells), immunological analysis (ELISA, EliSpot), colorimetric assays (BrdU, WST-1) are being used within my studies.


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Food Immunology and Microbiology Department, Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research, Food Research Division, Polish Academy of Sciences, Ul. Tuwima 10, 10-747 Olsztyn, Poland


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+48 89 523 46 57


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d.swiatecka@pan.olsztyn.pl

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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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szaboova@saske.sk

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SZAJEWSKA Hania


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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.


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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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hania@ipgate.pl

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TELLEZ Guillermo


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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.


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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

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TUOHY Kieran


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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.


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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

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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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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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VENTOLA Hanna


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I’m working in Professor Riitta Korpela’s Medical Nutrition Physiology group at the Institute on Medicine in the University of Helsinki. In my master thesis I studied the effects of active and inactive probiotics on intestinal permeability in vitro by measuring transepithelial electrical resistance and permeability of FITC. I’ll continue with the same topic in my PhD studies. I’m interested in understanding the mechanisms by which probiotics affect tight junction proteins. I’m going to do in vitro and in vivo studies. Previously I’ve worked with stem cells as a trainee at the Centre of Biotechnology in the University of Turku.


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Institute of Biomedicine/pharmacology, Haartmaninkatu 8 (PL63), 00014 Helsingin yliopisto, Finland


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+358504331981


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E-mail:

hanna.ventola@helsinki.fi

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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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E-mail:

kristin.verbeke@med.kuleuven.be

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VERMEIREN Joan


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Joan Vermeiren holds a MSc and PhD in Bioscience Engineering of the University of Ghent in Belgium. Her PhD focused on intestinal microbial metabolic processes in the intestinal tract of healthy subjects and patients with inflammatory bowel diseases using in vitro and in vivo models. Today, she works as a nutrition scientist within the Nutrition Science group of Cargill.


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Cargill R&D centre Europe, Havenstraat 84, 1800 Vilvoorde, Belgium


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003222570611


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E-mail:

joan_vermeiren@cargill.com

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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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WADSTROM Torkel


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Torkel Wadström, MD PhD Prof of Bacteriology. Research: Characterization of Lactic Acid Bacteria as possible probiotics. Utilization of prebiotic substances by probiotic strains. Development of a symbiotic composition. Works in 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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+46-46173240 or +46768785061


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E-mail:

torkel.wadstrom@med.lu.se

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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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WATZL Bernhard (Steering Committee)


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Professor Dr. Bernhard Watzl: PhD in human nutrition; in 1993 he joined the Federal Research Centre for Nutrition and Food, Karlsruhe, Germany as head of the working group „Nutritional Immunology“. From and since 2004 he is Acting-Head of the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry of Nutrition at the Max Rubner-Institut, the Federal Research Institute of Nutrition and Food in Germany. He is an adjunct professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. His main areas of research relate to the health-promoting effects of foods and food constituents with a special focus on dietary modulation of immune functions.www.mri.bund.de


Address:

Max Rubner-Institut, Federal Research Institute of Nutrition and Food, Department of Physiology and Biochemistry of Nutrition, Haid-und-Neu-Str. 9, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany


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+49-721-6625-410


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+49-721-6625-404


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bernhard.watzl@mri.bund.de

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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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WILLIAMS Catrin


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I am a KTP Associate at the University of Reading with Prof Glenn Gibson, Dr Gemma Walton and project partner, Cultech Ltd., a nutraceutical company specializing in the production of probiotics. My current project involves developing a new synbiotic product, which will be validated using a colonic model system. I graduated with a PhD from Cardiff University in 2013, the topic of which was the lifecycle, biochemistry and chemotherapy of an intestinal protozoan parasite, Spironucleus vortens. My research interests include the synbiotic effects of probiotics and prebiotics, particularly during antibiotic therapy.


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Food Bioscience Building, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 220, Reading RG6 6AF


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+44 (0)1639 825100


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E-mail:

catrinw@cultech.co.uk

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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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