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That Gut Feeling: We Are Not Alone

This event takes place in a self-contained cellar bar, with no step-free access. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Past event - 2019
20 May Doors Open 7PM
Event 7:30 - 9:30PM
The Three Guineas - Firefly Cellar Rooms, Station Approach,
Reading RG1 1LY
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We have trillions of bacteria living in our bodies, together known as the microbiome. From birth, they play a vital role in keeping our bodies healthy, in protecting against pathogens and preventing diseases. They are greatly influenced by what we eat and here we will find out how to feed them and what it takes to keep them happy.

The Human Gut Microbiota and Dietary Iron

Dr Andrea Monteagudo (Postdoctoral Researcher in Biomedical Engineering)
Professor Simon C Andrews (Professor of Molecular Microbiology )
The ~100 trillion bacteria in our gut (the microbiota) deliver a range of health benefits, such as generation of vital vitamins and protection against pathogens, but are greatly influenced by environmental factors, particularly the diet. Changes in the microbiota are associated with negative consequences e.g. obesity, inflammatory bowel disease and diabetes. Lack of iron is a common form of nutritional deficiency but its influence of the gut microbiota is unclear. Simon and Andrea will describe their research on how high and low levels of dietary iron, and chelators, affect the gut microbiota.

"Fingerprinting" prebiotic sugars – improving selectivity of existing and discovery of novel "food" for microbiota

Dr Ged Baltulionis (Postdoctoral Researcher in Production of Prebiotics)
Recent clinical evidence uncovers the many health benefits of regular prebiotic and probiotic consumption in preventing and managing diseases. Human milk oligosaccharides (HMO’s) are important sugars found in human breast milk, which have a prebiotic effect by stimulating the growth of bacterial cultures in the early infant gut. Ged will talk about how scientists can produce authentic HMO’s, which could be added to milk formula, providing ‘’food’’ for healthy gut bacteria of our new-borns, which is otherwise not available in milk formulae derived from cow’s milk.