40 mins

Faecal microbiota transplants: how it works and why it doesn’t

Dr James Kinross

Faecal microbiota transplants: how it works and why it doesn’t

Dr James Kinross



40 mins

Part of the symposium ‘Yakult Science Study Day ‘Gut’ to grips with the science

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Session Outlines and Learning Objectives

About the session

Faecal microbiota transplants (FMT) are an emerging therapy used in a variety of chronic diseases. The mechanisms through which is apparently miraculous therapy has its benefits are incompletely understood. This presentation explains the current state of the science in this field and explains how it is being used in practice for chronic functional conditions of the gut.

Watch this session to:


  • The human microbiome and its associated components
  • The principles of FMT and how it is used in practice
  • The risks and current research priorities in FMT science


  • The systems complexity of microbiome-host interactions
  • How the microbiome interacts with the innate and adaptive immune systems
  • Post FMT nutritional and dietary modulation for improved FMT efficacy


  • Define FMT
  • Explain its risks and benefits
  • To understand how it modifies the gut microbiome
Dr Wendy Hall, PhD RNutr, Reader in Nutritional Sciences, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, King’s College London

Guest speaker

Dr James Kinross
Senior Lecturer in Surgery, Imperial College London
St. Mary’s Hospital, UK

James Kinross is a Senior Lecturer and Consultant Surgeon at Imperial College London. His clinical interest is in robotic surgery for colorectal cancer, and he holds a PhD on the gut microbiome and systems metabolism in surgery. He is a visiting Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. James’s first scientific love is the gut microbiome, and he studies how the microbiome causes chronic diseases such as cancer. He is also currently funded by CRUK, DASA, Horizon 2020 and the EPSRC to perform translational research into engineering the microbiome to improve human health.

Melissa Mogor


Dr Emily Prpa
Science Manager, Yakult UK & Ireland

Dr Emily Prpa is an award-winning nutritionist, with a PhD in Nutritional Sciences. Her research focused on the therapeutic effects of plant-based foods. Today she specialises in nutrition communications and is considered one of the leading experts in her field. Emily is currently the Science Manager at Yakult Science for Health UK & Ireland.

View Dr Emily Prpa’s introduction

Part of the symposium series:

Yakult Science Study Day

‘Gut’ to grips with the science


This symposium is approved for CPD by the AfN

You are welcome to attend individual sessions. CPD certificates will be issued based on length of total time attended.


Gut health and the microbiome are areas that many registrants provide advice on. Therefore this study day will provide a opportunity to hear about the latest research developments to ensure their knowledge is up to date.

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This webinar is being run in association with Yakult Science for Health and
The Gastroenterology Group of the British Dietetic Association.

Yakult Science for Health are committed to promoting HCP knowledge of the gut microbiota, probiotics and gut health. The Yakult Company supports and funds independent medical and scientific research worldwide.

Science has always been at the heart of the Yakult company, since the microbiologist Dr Shirota selected and cultivated Lacticaseibacillus paracasei Shirota, in Japan in 1935.

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About The Gastroenterology Group of the British Dietetic Association
The Gastroenterology group of the British Dietetic Association is a specialist group which is open for all BDA members with a keen interest in all things gastrointestinal. We support and develop high quality evidence based dietetic practice in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, through the channels of social media, event days and resources. All whilst, promoting the benefit of a dietitian’s role in this unique specialism. @BDA_Gastro on both Twitter and Instagram – our Instagram is newly set up and we will be focusing on one topic per month.
BDA’s IBS food fact sheet here

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