Medicine and Health

APC public forum on gut bacteria in health and disease

The human gut is home to a wide variety of bacteria which significantly influence our health within and beyond the gastrointestinal tract. Our lifestyle and diet affect the diversity which in turn impacts on our health.

Many elements of a modern lifestyle, including diet, influence our gut bacterial populations. Gut bacteria have been linked with a number of disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), immune mediated diseases such as coeliac disease and allergies and metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity. The aim of this Forum is to increase awareness about the role played by gut bacteria in gastrointestinal health and disease. The forum will be chaired by Professor Paud O’Regan, Consultant Gastroenterologist at South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel and former President of the Irish Society for Gastroenterology. The speakers include: Dr Paul Cotter, Principal Investigator at the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre and Moorepark Food Research Centre, who will speak about our gut microbiota and how they are affected by exercise; Dr Carthage Moran, Specialist Registrar in Gastroenterology at Cork University Hospital & Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, who will speak about the role of gut bacteria in gastrointestinal health and disease with a special focus on irritable bowel syndrome; Dr Susan Joyce, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, will speak about how gut bacteria regulate weight gain and serum cholesterol levels and Dr Gerard Clarke, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre and Department of Psychiatry, UCC, will speak about brain-gut communication and how our gut bacteria influence our brains, our physiology and our behaviour.

Category: Conferences: Medicine and Health
Time: 7-8.30pm
Location: Western Gateway building lecture theatre G05
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Dr Catherine Buckley
353 21 4903362

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