Professor Hawking Fellowship Lecture at Cambridge University
“Until recently, fixing the microbiome has been a complete mystery to us. We’ve learned a lot about it in recent years, and will continue to learn more over the next two decades.”
“An intervention could be what’s called microbiota-directed complementary foods. Think of them like fertiliser for the microbiome. Eating them encourages healthy bacteria – the ones that help digest food and protect us from infection – to flourish.”
Gut health plays a key role in human health
Scientists continue to uncover the significant role that the gut microbiome plays in human health with linkages found between gut bacteria and a range of conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, diabetes and obesity.
Nutrition is now widely accepted as a powerful tool for the management of symptoms linked to these diseases. Therefore, developing low cost, safe and effective ways of treating these conditions presents an incredible opportunity