The microbiome is one of the hottest topics in current nutrition science. Interest in dietary factors that affect the microbiome, such as prebiotics and probiotics, continue to increase. This session will provide an update on emerging areas of health research that have been connected to the gut microbiome, including the links between the microbiome, food, and health. In addition, the session will address current consumer interest and understanding of this complicated topic, providing additional insights on how to better communicate this complex topic to a variety of audiences.
- Identify specific dietary components that drive the composition and metabolic activity of the GI microbiota
- Apply this information to formulate diets (including use of pre or probiotics) that leverage host-microbe interactions
- Discuss the body of evidence that demonstrates the role of pre and probiotics in supporting the balance of the gut microbiome and subsequently, human health
- Provide consumer insights and practical advice that will allow practitioners to better communicate the benefits of pre and probiotics as well as the science behind the microbiome
Dr. Hannah Holscher, RD, PhD completed clinical training at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Ill., and joined the University of Illinois faculty as an Assistant Professor in June 2015. As Director of the Nutrition and the Human Microbiome Laboratory, her research team aims to enhance human health through dietary modulation of the gastrointestinal microbiome. In addition to serving as a research mentor for undergraduate and graduate students, she has taught both basic and advanced nutrition classes and has been included on the "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students" five times for two different courses at the University of Illinois.
Megan Meyer, PhD is the Director, Science Communication at the International Food Information Council Foundation where she creates educational materials to help consumers better understand food and nutrition related issues and promotes science communication to a variety of audiences. In addition, Dr. Meyer oversees the execution and development of IFIC Foundation consumer research projects. She has a BS in Biology from Loyola University Maryland as well as a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology focused on nutritional immunology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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