The Gut Health Network is an initiative of the University of Otago, New Zealand. The Gut Health Network is a platform to promote information sharing, discussion and collaboration among those involved in this exciting field.
Recent research has suggested that the interaction of the bowel microflora with the intestinal immune system on a specific genetic background plays a much more significant role in a variety of diseases than previously anticipated. Not only Inflammatory Bowel Diseases but also cancer, certain rheumatological disorders, diabetes, obesity and potentially many other diseases might have their origins in the gut. Basic scientists in the fields of genetics, immunology, microbiology and physiology have teamed up with expert gastroenterologists, paediatricians, rheumatologists and surgeons and furthermore patients and patient support groups in a truly bench to bedside approach.
Dr Michael Schultz,