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Alcohol Research Grapevine

Monday, 10 October 2016 15:27

Recently the Institute of Alcohol Studies and Alcohol Research UK have been developing an online alcohol research directory: the Alcohol Research Grapevine. Its primary functions are:

  • To allow researchers to upload profiles listing publications and outlining areas of professional interest
  • To create a searchable database of published, but also (importantly) ongoing and prospective research
  • To support collaboration by helping researchers to find colleagues working in similar areas, or to publicise areas of work they are interested in pursuing
  • To allow researchers to notify colleagues of available data that may benefit from further analysis

More details can be found on the directory’s website

Anyone interested in alcohol research is encouraged to register and create a profile. If you have any questions, please contact Jon Foster at IAS.

NIHR Colorectal Therapies Healthcare Technology Cooperative Annual National Meeting

Monday, 10 October 2016 15:18

When: 8 Nov 2016

Where: Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds

The National Meeting 2016 will bring together the current key players in the HTC's national network - including experts in the HTC's 3 key research themes of nanotechnology, biosensing and engineering - and introduce and welcome potential new collaborators. The day will include talks by celebrated keynote speakers who will share their personal experience of the innovation pathway. There will also be networking sessions, an industry expo, poster presentations and lots more!

This is an exciting one-day, interactive event that will identify the challenges and rewards of taking a great innovative idea all the way from concept to commercial product. This event will attract 150 clinicians, patients, academics, scientists and industry partners looking to work together to advance patient care by accelerating new science and technologies into patient benefit.

Registration is free and places can be reserved via Eventbrite – CLICK HERE

An interview with Philippe Marteau: “Some probiotics can be used like drugs for medical indications”

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 12:32

According to scientific research, probiotics may restore the composition of the gut microbiota and introduce beneficial functions to gut microbial communities. In fact, some probiotics can be used like drugs to treat some conditions and there is good evidence of their efficacy for diarrhoea associated to antibiotic intake or gastroenteritis diarrhoea.

Philippe Marteau is head of the medico-surgical department of hepato-gastroenterology at Lariboisière Hospital in Paris. He attended the 5th Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit 2016, where we interviewed him about probiotics and also prebiotics.

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New insights into the role of gut microbiota in rheumatoid arthritis

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 12:13

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation of unknown cause in the synovial joints, requiring both genetic and environmental factors to manifest. It has been previously reported that individuals with RA have specific alterations in their gut and oral microbiomes.

Two recent studies, led by Dr. Veena Taneja from the Department of Immunology and Division of Rheumatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester (USA), allow a better understanding of the role of gut microbiota in people with rheumatoid arthritis and how manipulation of the gut microbiota may provide an additional approach to therapy.

The first paper, published in Genome Medicine, has found that the gut microbiota of RA patients (n=40) exhibited decreased diversity with increased disease duration and autoantibody levels, compared with controls (15 first-degree relatives of the patients and 17 non-related healthy controls). The dysbiotic gut microbiota in patients with RA stemmed from an expansion of rare microbial lineages like Eggerthella and Collinsella and from a decrease in the abundant beneficial genera like Faecalibacterium. A gut microbial profile for RA patients was identified based on the abundance of the three genera: Collinsella, Eggerthella, and Faecalibacterium.

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