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The Gut Microbiome Committee aims to further the understanding of the relationship between food and the human gut microbiome and its impact on health.

 Why is this research valuable?

Previous work by ILSI North America took on the task of defining a "healthy microbiome"(Backhed et al., 2012).  Elucidation of the properties of healthy microbiota would provide a target for dietary interventions and microbial modifications aimed at sustaining health in generally healthy populations and improving the health status of people exhibiting a disrupted gut microbiome and associated diseases.

Now, with increased focus on the gut microbiome and health, there is a growing number of unanswered questions related to the study of the gut microbiome. A research framework for substantiating the benefits and safety of dietary components for establishing and maintaining a healthy gut microbiome is needed. Consensus is needed on biomarkers and endpoints that can characterize dietary effects on the microbiome and health.

Current Work

Webinar Series

The Gut Microbiome Committee has initiated a webinar series to help guide the committee’s research and projects.

 

“Probiotic and Prebiotic Definitions: Where Do We Stand?”
23 July 2018
Mary Ellen Sanders, PhD, International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics

“Gut Microbes Are Essential: What to Feed Them?”
14 July 2016
David Klurfeld, PhD, United States Department of Agriculture

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Abbott Nutrition
Biofortis, Merieux NutriSciences
ConAgra Brands
The Coca-Cola Company
Danone Nutricia Research
DSM Nutritional Products
Ingredion Incorporated
Kaleido Biosciences
Kellogg Company
Mondelēz International
National Dairy Council
PepsiCo, Inc.
Tate & Lyle

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS

Johanna Lampe, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Michael Pariza, University of Wisconsin
Mary Ellen Sanders, International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics
Kelly Swanson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

GOVERNMENT ADVISORS

Cindy Davis, National Institutes of Health
Barbara Schneeman, US Food and Drug Administration (retired)
Lauren Viebrock, US Food and Drug Administration
William Yan, Health Canada

Publications

All Publications

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Events

Diet and the Microbiome

Bethesda, MD, USA

This Workshop will help to improve rigor and reproducibility in research on the colonic microbiome and identify important dietary information that should be reported and parameters to consider in study design.

Read more

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