Gut Microbiota for Health Working Group


A cross disciplinary education & interest group under the auspices of the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG Research Committee)

Mission Statement

  • To help increase awareness and understanding among clinicians of the gut microbiota and its impact on health
  • To be a 'go-to' address for UK clinicians (GPs, gastroenterologists, nurses and allied health professionals) for defining what is currently reliably known in this field
  • To drive scientific and clinical interest in the gut microbiota in gastrointestinal and liver disease, including those with an autoimmune element


  • To facilitate the sharing of knowledge on the gut microbiota between academics, clinicians and researchers
  • To map the science and reach consensus on what is known and what is not yet known
  • To draft consensus statements on areas of interest for UK GPs
  • To identify gaps in knowledge and research foci
  • To identify R&D areas in this field that would advance understanding and lead to patient benefit
  • To develop guidelines to ensure the safe and effective manipulation of the gut microbiota for therapeutic purposes (e.g. faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) and responsible antibiotic use)


Current focus

  • To make significant contribution to the governance of FMT in the UK, and to set up a UK registry of groups conducting FMT
  • To publish articles on the gut microbiota for primary care professionals, to explain the current understanding about the impact of the gut microbiome on gut disorders
  • To disseminate information about the group and ensure it represents a broad and relevant range of expertise

Special Interest Groups

  • Colorectal cancer (Lead: Julian Marchesi)
  • Diet and nutritional interventions (e.g. pro/prebiotics) (Lead: Ian Rowland)
  • Faecal Microbiota Transplantation (Lead: Tariq Iqbal)
  • Gut-brain axis (Lead: Charlotte Woodhouse)
  • Gut microbiome (general) (Lead: Julian Marchesi)
  • The gut virome (Lead: Brian Jones)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Lead: Georgina Hold)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (Lead: Anton Emmanuel)
  • Infectious disease (including antimicrobial resistance) (Lead: Andrew Flatt)
  • Liver (Lead: Debbie Shawcross; currently Vishna Patel)
  • Metabonomics (Lead: Jonathan Swann)
  • Primary Care (Lead: Jamie Dalrymple)


The panel members meet twice a year in London. The ad hoc travel and refreshment costs of these meetings in 2017 are covered by an unconditional education grant from Origin Sciences. The BSG covers costs for secretariat support. Funding for specific projects is subject to separate agreement.


  • Tariq Iqbal (Chair; University Hospital Birmingham)
  • Julian R. Marchesi (Vice-Chair; Cardiff University / Imperial College London)
  • Greg Amos (National Institute For Biological Standards and Control)
  • Qasim Aziz (Royal London Hospital)
  • Judith Breuer (University College London)
  • Matthew Brookes (The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust)
  • Barry Campbell (University of Liverpool)
  • Simon Carding (Institute for Food Research, Norwich)
  • Bernard Corfe (University of Sheffield)
  • Ted Dinan (University College Cork)
  • Jamie Dalrymple (PCSG)
  • Anton Emmanuel (University College London)
  • Andrew Flatt (Queen Alexandra Hsopital, Portsmouth)
  • Richard Gardner (BSG)
  • Konstantinos Gerasimidis (University of Glasgow)
  • Simon Goldenberg (Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Ailsa Hart (former Chair; St Mark's Hospital, Harrow)
  • Peter Hawkey (University of Birmingham)
  • Gideon Hirschfield (University of Birmingham)
  • Georgina Hold (University of Aberdeen)
  • Pali Hungin (Durham University)
  • Brian Jones (University of Brighton)
  • Nigel Klein (University College London)
  • Trevor Lawley (Sanger Institute, Cambridge)
  • James Lindsay (Barts and the London NHS Trust)
  • Giles Major (University of Nottingham)
  • Victoria McCune (PHE Birmingham)
  • Pamela McDonald-Kuhne (Durham University)
  • John McLaughlin (University of Manchester)
  • Ben Mullish (Imperial College London)
  • Ann Muls (The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Arjan Narbad (Institute of Food Research, Norwich)
  • Sarah O'Brien (University of Liverpool)
  • Vish Patel (KCL Institute of Liver Studies)
  • Ian Roberts (University of Manchester)
  • Ian Rowland (formerly University of Reading)
  • Naveen Sharma (Heart of England NHS Foundation)
  • Debbie Shawcross (King's College London)
  • Richard Stevens (East Oxford Health Centre; PCSG)
  • Jonathan Sutton (Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor)
  • Jonathan Swann (Imperial College London)
  • John Threlfall (formerly Public Health England)
  • Fiona Veira (Core)
  • Kevin Whelan (King's College London)
  • Peter Whorwell (University of Manchester)
  • Horace Williams (Imperial College London)
  • Charlotte Woodhouse (Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust)

Secretariat: Linda Thomas (Society for Applied Microbiology).

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