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The Future of the Microbiome

A NutraIngredients editorial webinar

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Start Date:3 June, 2020

Start Time:4:00Pm CET (paris)

Duration:60 minutes


The microbiome is now understood to have one of the most important roles in our mental and physical health and the industry is capitalising on its popularity with new gut health focused nutrition and services appearing on the market every day.

But how can consumers be sure these products have a real impact on this invisible health mediator? What are the next scientific discoveries for this market and what could they mean for the sector?

As the industry looks to assess and apply the newest research to innovation in this area, NutraIngredients’ panel of experts will look to answer these questions and provide insights into how the industry can continue to build on this positive momentum and ensure a fruitful future.


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Lisa Macfarlane

Co-founder and Co-CEO
The Gut Stuff

The Gut Stuff was born in 2017 by co-founders Lisa and Alana Macfarlane (The Mac Twins). Twins are a great constant for medical research and Alana and Lisa became the “chief guinea pigs” for Prof Tim Spector and the Twin Research department at Kings College, where they discovered that despite having 100% the same DNA their guts have only 30/40% the same microbiota, which could explain why their bodies behave so differently – if they can’t be sold the same diet/lifestyle, no one can.

They made it their mission to bring the exciting information they were learning, to the masses (not just the “wellbeing aware” middle classes) and have since made the global millennial thought leader in the space. They knew as people devoured the information that they’d want to know which products to bring into their lives that were both efficacious, delicious and affordable, so set up an online shop and created “gut diaries” , “gut started boxes” , information downloads and lots more to come in 2020.

Not ones to deliver their message along the same pipeline of nutritional advice that has come before them, their bold marketing, taking over tube stations no less – has set them aside, with global brands large and small sponsoring events to come under their umbrella.

They are fearless in their approach and aim to put EDUCATION first, in order to create a category, we must get people to believe in it and ignite not only a curiosity but a passion for the millennial generation to change the system.

With digestive issues on the rise and gut health affecting everything from mental health to Parkinson’s – their message is not only timely but NECESSARY and they lead a team of nutritionists, dieticians, GP’s and scientists who work tirelessly to get GUTS on the agenda.

Miguel Toribio-Mateas

Director of Nutrition and Health Research

Miguel is a nutritional neuroscience researcher with extensive experience developing consumer applications of microbiome health tech. His current research focus is on gathering real world evidence on gut-brain communication, and the impact of nutrition on circadian rhythms at the London Agri-Food Innovation Clinic (LAFIC), an innovative research unit set up with funds from the European Regional Development Fund at London South Bank University. Miguel co-founded the UK’s first direct-to-consumer microbiome service in the UK (MapMyGut) with Prof. Tim Spector in 2015 and is presently the Director of Nutrition and Health Research at the biotech company Atlas Biomed.

Miguel will be a panellist on the panel: Stargazing – What does the future of pro- and prebiotics look like?

Mike Rogers

Troo Foods

Mike is the co-founder of a gut health food company called “TROO Foods” whose sole purpose is to “Help people live longer, happier, healthier lives, through better gut health”. Passionate about how food can modulate the microbiome and the science behind this.

Dr Ruairi Robertson

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Queen Mary University of London

Ruairi’s obtained a B.Sc in Human Nutrition from University College Dublin. He subsequently conducted a Ph.D in Microbiology within the APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork and as a visiting researcher to Harvard University Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital where he examined the role of dietary omega-3 fatty acids on the developing microbiome, the gut-brain axis and metabolic health outcomes. Ruairi is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in The Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London where his research examines the influence of the gut microbiome in early child growth and malnutrition within large cohorts of chronic and severe acute malnutrition in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Ruairi will present – Mystic Meg: Where next for Microbiome Science?

Nikki Hancocks

Innovation and Trends Editor

Nikki oversees news and analysis covering innovation and trends in the functional foods, supplements and wellness food industries in Europe and Africa for NutraIngredients. She has a degree in Communication and Media from Bournemouth University as well as a diploma in Journalism. While working as a Reporter for newspapers around Sussex she passed her national qualification in Senior Journalism and became a Senior Reporter for the company. She joined William Reed in 2015 as Products Editor for Convenience Store Magazine and moved to her current role with NutraIngredients in 2018.


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