We invite you to join us in Wellington in 2019 for a very special event.
The Gut Health Network will hold a public forum on Saturday November 24, 2018, as a satellite to the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology meeting in Dunedin. Speakers will include researchers working on all aspects of gut health:immune responses in IBD and colorectal cancer, probiotics and FODMAP diet in gut health, celiac disease...
The Kemp lab researches how the immune response can be used to help improve outcomes for people with colorectal cancer. We have been funded from the Gut Cancer Foundation and now we are trying to fundraise to support their work.
A recent article by the team of Sergio Lira describes a new experimental model of Ulcerative Colitis that accurately reflects the cycling inflammation of the disease. The authors show that changes in the diet resulted in changes in the gut microflora which ultimately induced the disease.
Please see this opportunity for a PhD scholarship at Massey University - application deadline 18 March 2018:
Preliminary work in mouse models showed that the composition of the gut microbiome could predict the response of animals to a new type of anti-cancer drug, immune checkpoint inhibitors. Recently, this work was validated in patients with cancer.
Carrie Falling is a PhD student at the University of Otago and is carrying out a study on pain in people with IBD.
A recent study from Canada showed that "people living in rural households had lower risk of developing IBD. This association is strongest in young children and adolescents, and in children exposed to the rural environment early in life."
Rotavirus infection of the intestine is a major cause of diarrhoea in infants and children. New research has identified an immune pathway within gut epithelial cells that can detect the virus early and restrict its growth.