Gut Microbiota for Health Expert Panel: Charter


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 clinicians (GPs, gastroenterologists, nurses and allied health professionals) for defining what is currently reliably known in this field
  • To drive scientific and academic interest in the gut microbiota in gastrointestinal and liver disease


  • 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


  • Publication of an article for the general public, which explains the importance of the gut microbiota for health (see below to download)
  • Publication of a major scientific review on current knowledge about the gut microbiota in relation to gut disorders: metabolic syndrome and obesity-related disease, liver disease, IBD and colorectal cancer (Marchesi et al 2015: The gut microbiota and host health: A new clinical frontier. Gut Sept 2. pii: gutjnl-2015-309990. doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2015-309990. [Epub ahead of print])
  • Contribution to two BSG Research Workshops: "The Microbiome, Dysbiosis and GI Disease" 11 April 2014 and "Faecal Microbiota Transplantation: Bench, Bedside, Courtroom?" 11 September 2015

Current focus

  • To write a review for primary care professionals, explaining the current understanding of the gut microbiota’s impact on gut disorders
  • To make significant contribution to the governance of faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) in the UK.
  • To set up a registry of groups conducting FMT in the UK.
  • To disseminate information about the group and ensure it represents a broad and relevant range of expertise


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


  • Ailsa Hart (Chair) (St Mark's Hospital, Harrow)
  • Qasim Aziz (Royal London Hospital)
  • Judith Breuer (University College London)
  • Matthew Brookes (The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust)
  • Simon Carding (Institute for Food Research, Norwich)
  • Bernard Corfe (University of Sheffield)
  • Anton Emmanuel (University College London)
  • Harry Flint (Aberdeen University)
  • Gideon Hirschfield (University of Birmingham)
  • Pali Hungin (Durham University)
  • Tariq Iqbal (University Hospital Birmingham)
  • Nigel Klein (University College London)
  • James Lindsay (Barts and the London NHS Trust)
  • Julian Marchesi (Cardiff University; Imperial College London)
  • Pamela McDonald-Kuhne (Durham University)
  • John McLaughlin (University of Manchester)
  • Christine Norton (Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust & King's College London)
  • Sarah O'Brien (University of Liverpool)
  • Ian Roberts (University Manchester)
  • Ian Rowland (formerly University of Reading)
  • Debbie Shawcross (King's College London)
  • Jon Smalldon (Core)
  • Julie Solomon (BSG)
  • Richard Stevens (East Oxford Health Centre; PCSG)
  • Jonathan Swann (Imperial College London)
  • John Threlfall (formerly Public Health England)
  • Kevin Whelan (King's College London)
  • Peter Whorwell (University of Manchester)
  • Horace Williams (Imperial College London)

Secretariat: Linda Thomas (Yakult UK Ltd; Society for Applied Microbiology).

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