Manipulation of the Gut Microbiome in Colonic Health and Disease

by Dr M Nabil Quraish & Professor Tariq Iqbal
Symposium sponsored by Nordic Pharma

Symposium Overview

Dr M Nabil Quraishi's talk covered:

  • What is a microbiome?

  • Importance of the gut microbiota in health and disease

  • How to classify gut microbiota

  • What does a healthy microbiome look like?

  • Why diversity matters

  • What does a good study look like?

  • Key questions to ask when designing a study or interpreting the data

  • Building on results from association studies to aim to find causation


Professor Tariq Iqbal's talk covered:

  • Approaches to microbiome manipulation

  • Current mainstay treatments that may have a counteractive effect on the gut microbiome

  • An overview of Microbiome Treatment Centre at the University of Birmingham including STOP-Colitis clinical trial

  • An overview of research investigating Fecal Matter Transplant (FMT) to treat illness and disease such as C.diff and Ulcerative Colitis

  • Challenges of FMT

  • Current biotherapeutics available on the market

  • What the future looks like for FMT and other microbiome manipulation therapies relating to chronic inflammatory conditions