On May 10 – 12, the New York Academy of Sciences and the Quadram Institute presented Food-Microbiome Interaction: Implications for Health & Disease at The Royal Society in London.


This international conference explored recent trends and emerging findings in microbiome science, one of the most exciting new areas of biological research, where researchers are just starting to realise the vital contributions that microbial populations make to human health and disease.

“Recent data demonstrate that the food we eat influences the ecosystem of bacteria that inhabit the human body, collectively termed the microbiome. Dysregulation of this endemic microbiome has been implicated in a myriad of human diseases ranging from inflammatory bowel disease to depression,” – Sonya Dougal, PhD, Director, Life Sciences, The New York Academy of Sciences.

The conference covered the link between food, the microbiome, and healthy living (session 1), the establishment of the microbiome throughout development (session 2), the influence of the microbiome on physiology beyond the gut (session 3), and finally the therapeutic potential of targeting the microbiome (session 4).

“This event is bringing together world class experts from a variety of different fields to the UK to discuss this rapidly emerging area of science and this is vital to make scientific progress. The conference provides an important platform to share knowledge and ideas and discuss future priorities for microbiome research,” – Professor Ian Charles, Founding Director of the Quadram Institute, to be located at the Norwich Research Park.

Keynote speaker Jeffrey Gordon, MD, Washington University in St. Louis, presented a talk on “The Gut Microbiota and Childhood Undernutrition: Looking at Human Development From a Microbial Perspective”. John Bienenstock, CM, FRCPC, FRSC, McMaster University, presented a keynote talk on “Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis: How do Bacteria Communicate Functional Changes?”

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