1 February 2017


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Invitation to SCI’s Free Public Evening Lecture

Professor Glenn Gibson: Getting to the guts of microbiology

Wednesday 26 April 2017

  • Health and wellbeing is a key area where applied science has clear societal benefits, particularly in terms of nutrition.
  • It is now well-known that certain bacteria in the human gut have a positive impact on health and there is an entire industry devoted to foods and supplements that are believed to exert a functional effect on human gut microbiota, promoting better health.
  • However, it is a complex and often controversial topic with both probiotics and prebiotics being advocated.

Glenn Gibson, Professor of Food Microbiology at the University of Reading, is widely regarded as the UK's leading expert in this field. On Wednesday 26 April 2017, at SCI’s Public Evening Lecture, Professor Gibson will compare and contrast differing approaches to microbiology, providing data on the use of both probiotics and prebiotics in humans and their impact on health.

About the Speaker
Prof Gibson was at the forefront of developing early thinking on prebiotics, instigating the concept in a 1995 paper. Since then, he has continued to lead the field of human gut bacteriology, sitting on 5 advisory panels and publishing more than 400 research articles, 10 patents, and 8 books on the topic. He is the former President of International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics and has led more than 120 research projects, as well as supervising 65 PhD students.

He is currently carrying out specific projects on probiotics and prebiotics, the molecular genotyping of gut bacteria, H2S production, as well as gastroenteritis in sportspersons, metabolic syndrome, IBS, IBD, and gut flora development with age and colonic homeostasis.

Date for your diary:     Wednesday 26 April 2017
Venue:                          SCI HQ, 15 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PS
Reception opens at 18.00 and the lecture starts at 18.30. This is a free event.
There will be a drinks and networking reception with the opportunity to meet the speaker after the lecture. Please contact scimarketing@soci.org to book a place on the event. More information about each lecture in the series is available at www.soci.org/public-lectures.


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