Creating Guts in the Lab

Posted by Roslyn Kemp on 4 March 2017

Scientists in the US have recently shown the feasibility of growing intestines in the lab, complete with nerves and muscles.


Student Fundraising for Bowel Cancer Research

Posted by Roslyn Kemp on 17 February 2017

Gut Health Network student member, Bailey Kennedy, is running the St Clair Vineyard half marathon to raise money for bowel cancer research. Bailey is a PhD student at the University of Otago Christchurch campus, researching immune responses in people with colorectal cancer. 


Kenneth Rainin Foundation - Breakthrough Moments in IBD Research

Posted by Roslyn Kemp on 11 February 2017

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is a US-based funding body that supports research into (among other things) Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Their new video series is Breakthrough Moments,  stories of discovery and illumination that provide inspiration to the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s commitment to taking smart risks in our grantmaking in the Arts, Education and Health.


Gastric Bypass Surgery and Food Choices

Posted by Roslyn Kemp on 9 February 2017

One effect of weight-loss surgery is a change in food preferences. A new study in rats was recently published and showed that this change is caused by altered nutrient signals in the intestine. These activate the vagus nerve to increase signalling in the brain by the neurotransmitter dopamine.


Merry Christmas from the Gut Health Network

Posted by Roslyn Kemp on 18 December 2016

We will be back updating this site in late January 2017. 


Your Diet Affects Your Intestinal Wall

Posted by Roslyn Kemp on 7 December 2016

A low-fibre diet reduces the number of fibre-eating microbes making the intestine more vulnerable to infection from other microbes.


Microbiome Board Game

Posted by Roslyn Kemp on 14 November 2016

This fall, a new diversion emerged for a certain scientific set—those for whom Prevotella melaninogenica rolls easily off the tongue. Appearing as the after-hours entertainment at Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomics 2016, and other conferences focused on bacteria, is Gut Check, a board game created by David Coil, project scientist in microbial ecology and genomics at University of California, Davis (USA).


GHN Researcher wins Student Cancer Award

Posted by Roslyn Kemp on 6 November 2016

Kirsten Ward-Hartstonge, a PhD student researching the immune response in people with colorectal cancer, recently won the Young Researcher Award at the annual conference of the New Zealand Society for Oncology. The Young Researcher Award (previously known as the Eli Lilly Award) for the best presentation by a trainee or young member of the Society at the meeting. The cash prize is intended to advance the recipient's career in oncology.


Co-evolution of Gut Microbiome in Hominids

Posted by Roslyn Kemp on 30 September 2016

In a recent study, it was shown that gut bacterial strains cospeciated with apes and humans over the past 15 million years. This discovery means that scientists can study evolutionary processes that created the necessary symbiotic relationships between people and their gut microbiome.


Fighting Early Colorectal Cancer Cells

Posted by Roslyn Kemp on 12 September 2016

Researchers have developed a small molecule inhibitor that blocks a signaling pathway essential to cancer stem cell development.

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