The Human Microbiome Project

Selected videos at the cutting edge of science. Genetic diversity reflects evolutionary pressures from environmental changes, principally climate and diet. These drivers explain why populations and individuals vary and why one-size-fits-all dietary guidelines and public health nutrition approaches derive from out-of-date reductionist science. Nutritional therapy is person-centred, recognising individuality and the complex network of environmental factors which influence health status.

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The Human Microbiome Project

The year 2008 saw the launch of the Human Microbiome Project, sponsored by the National institute for Health in the United States, a project with the goal of identifying the microorganisms in the human gut. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Microbiome_Project

Seen as a natural extension of the Human Genome Project, the Human Microbiome project was launched as a result of the understanding that the health of our gut microflora profoundly influences the human immune system and is linked with inflammation, which is associated with most of the major chronic complex diseases today.

This understanding has lead the worlds leading science journals to start to recognise the profound importance of nutrition and how it may interact with the human microbiome and health.

An example is the paper in Nature in 2011, called “Human nutrition, the gut microbiome and immune system: envisioning the future” the authors state: systematic changes in overall dietary consumption patterns across a population might lead to changes in the microbiota/microbiome with consequences for host nutritional status and immune responses.”

Click on the highlighted title above to read the full paper.

1) GoldLab Symposium 2012 – Professor Jeremy Nicholson

Jeremy Nicholson a Professor of chemistry and systems biology and is head of the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London.

Even as a young biochemist in the 1980s, Prof. Jeremy Nicholson brimmed with new ideas. In a decade when molecular biology and the human genome project had riveted the attention of the scientific community, Prof. Nicholson was one of the first to embrace the importance of metabolic profiling, and is now Head of one of the largest clinical academic departments in the world.

For his work, Nicholson has received numerous honors, including The Royal Society of Chemistry Gold Medal for Analytical Chemistry, the Pfizer Global Chemistry Prize for Chemical Biology and the Semmelweis University – Budapest Prize in Biomedicine.  Professor Jeremy Nicholson was also a guest speaker at the 2010 BANT AGM.

2) Human Gut Microbes – Dr Jeff Gordon

Dr Gorden is the Professor and Director, Center for Genome Sciences & Systems Biology at the University of Washington.

Human Gut Microbes

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