The fourth MetaCardis consortium meeting was hold from 27th to 28th October 2016 in Gothenborg, Sweden on the premises of the Chalmers University (partner 12).

The day before, on the 26th October a workshop was organised on data analysis for MetaCardis consortium members at the same venue.

 

3rd MetaCardis Consortium meeting - 20th - 21st October 2015

The third MetaCardis consortium meeting took place on 20th-21st October 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia.

The Agenda of the meeting included updates of the current status of the project and scientific hot topics  talks coming from the WP’s young researchers.

Great progresses were made.

An public update of the project’s status will be published at the end of this year

As MetaCardis is entering in the core phase of the project, it was decided to organise more frequent  consortium meetings, the next one is planned to take place in spring 2015 in Paris.

 

Jeroen Raes, professor and group leader at VIB, Brusssels (and MetaCardis investigator) spoke at TEDx Brussels in November 2012. The topic was "Gut flora: You are your 100 trillion friends". He takes us on a guided tour of our body's microbial neighbourhood and reveals that only one in ten of the cells that make up the human body are in fact human. The rest? Microorganisms that live on and inside us. He introduces the idea of 'enterotypes' (groupings of bacteria) and reveals that there are just three distinct types that all humans appear to fit into. Such a finding, he  says, could be important as many diseases are linked to disturbances in gut flora. Moving on he describes how babies, which are born sterile, become inoculated at birth and that this can have important consequences for health later on. He also describes the effects of antibiotics on gut flora and describes some surprising outcomes when even low doses are used. Finally, he talks about a toe-curling but highly effective treatment for mending broken microbiotas - faecal transplants.

Watch the video above or read on for the transcript of his TEDx Brussels talk.

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