Distinguished Speaker Series: Quantitative microbiome profiling in health and disease

Prof. Jeroen Raes, Bioinformatics and (eco-)systems biology lab, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Rega institute, KU Leuven.


15 September 2020, 11:00 
Distinguished Speaker Series

Please join us Tuesday, September 15 2020 at 11am Israel time (10am CEST)


Speaker: Prof. Jeroen Raes, Bioinformatics and (eco-)systems biology lab, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Rega institute, KU Leuven


Title: "Quantitative microbiome profiling in health and disease"


Webinar link: https://zoom.us/j/95906960562


Abstract: Alterations in the gut microbiota have been linked to various pathologies, ranging from inflammatory bowel disease and diabetes to cancer. Although large numbers of clinical studies aiming at microbiome-based disease markers are currently being performed, our basic knowledge about the normal variability of the human intestinal microbiota and its determining factors remains limited. Here, I will discuss our findings studying a large-scale study (Flemish Gut Flora Project; n=3400) of the gut microbiome variation in a geographically confined region (Flanders, Belgium), in which analysis of microbiome variability in health identified the primary parameters associated to microbiome composition. In this presentation, I will discuss our experiences in large-scale microbiome monitoring, show how the development of dedicated computational approaches can assist in microbiome analysis and interpretation, and which confounders are essential for inclusion in microbiome disease research.  In addition I will show how Quantitative Microbiome Profiling (QMP; Vandeputte et al. Nature 2017), which combines microbiomics with flow cytometry-based cell counts, is profoundly changing our view on gut microbiota variation and allowed the identification of an inflammation-associated, cross-disease enterotype.




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