6 hours

Gut microbiota and personalised nutrition: A focus on fermented foods

Professor Paul Cotter

Gut microbiota and personalised nutrition: A focus on fermented foods

Professor Paul Cotter



6 hours

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

The importance of the gut microbiota in human health is becoming ever more apparent and diet-based interventions provide a means of modulating the gut microbiota in a beneficial way. The consumption of fermented foods provides a means of bringing about such changes, but the benefits can vary from one food to another and from individual to individual. This presentation will cover the different ways in which the gut microbiota can be modulated through fermented foods and impact this may have on personalised nutrition. Also covered will be considerations into current personalised nutrition analysis methods including the role of gut microbiome testing.

Watch this session to:


  • What is meant by personalised nutrition and where the research is
  • How an individual’s gut microbiota can contribute to health
  • How the gut microbiota can be altered through diet, with a particular focus on fermented foods


  • Different ways in which the gut microbiota can be modulated
  • The overlap between the microbes in fermented foods and the gut
  • The ways in which the health benefits of fermented foods can vary from one food to another, even among specific food types


  • Understand how the gut microbiota is studied
  • Differentiate between modulators that positively and negatively impact the gut microbiot
  • Appreciate the health promoting properties of fermented foods
Melissa Mogor

Guest speaker

Professor Paul Cotter
Head of Food Biosciences, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ireland and Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder, SeqBiome Ltd.

Professor Paul Cotter is the Head of Food Biosciences at Teagasc, is a Principal Investigator with the large Irish Research Centres, APC Microbiome Ireland, VistaMilk and Food for Health Ireland, co-ordinator of the EU project, MASTER, and CTO/co-founder of SeqBiome, a microbiome sequencing and bioinformatics service provider.

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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