The Microbiome of IBD and CD

Potential mechanisms of probiotics

Dr Bridgette Wilson, Cristian Costas Batlle

Wednesday 22 May 2024 20:00–21:00 BST

The Microbiome of IBD and CD

Potential mechanisms of probiotics

Dr Bridgette Wilson, Cristian Costas Batlle

Wednesday 22 May 2024 20:00–21:00 BST





Recent research suggests a correlation between Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Coeliac Disease (CD), revealing a noteworthy connection between these two conditions. Effective management and treatment strategies should address both conditions simultaneously beyond conventional dietary plans. Could probiotics play a role in symptom management? This webinar will explore the microbiome of IBD and CD, analysing current principles and concepts on how probiotics might influence both conditions, with a focus on their mechanisms related to the pathogenesis of each disease.

During this webinar, specialized researchers and expert dietitians, Dr. Bridgette Wilson and Cristian Costas Batlle, will present the latest research findings on the association between IBD and CD, along with the potential role of probiotics in prophylactic and dietary management. The literature concerning gut microbiome composition in these conditions will be reviewed, exploring whether probiotics could serve as a viable treatment option through their ability to alter microbiome composition and other mechanisms.

We’ll cover:

  • The association between IBD and CD
  • The mechanisms of action and current evidence base for the role of probiotics in both IBD and CD
  • How to identify what patients/clients may benefit from probiotics
  • Future research needed to extend understanding of this area

Watch this webinar to:

Gain understanding of
  • The role of the gut microbiome in IBD
  • The potential mechanisms of action of probiotics in inflammation
  • The current guidelines for probiotics in IBD
  • What the evidence of probiotics in CD shows
  • Ways in which probiotics may help people living with CD
  • What evidence is needed to improve our understanding of this area
Be aware of
  • Current evidence base for probiotics in IBD
  • How to discuss probiotics with patients/clients
  • Where to find further information in this area
  • The pathogenesis of CD
  • The association between CD and IBD
  • Mechanisms of action by which probiotics could help in CD
Be able to
  • Speak about how probiotics could work in IBD
  • Discuss the role of the gut microbiome in IBD
  • Advise patients/clients on the suitability of using probiotics in IBD
  • Understand how probiotics could help people with persisting symptoms in CD
  • Summarise to patients and the general public what the evidence base currently shows
  • Identify which types of patients/clients could benefit from probiotics

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Bridgette Wilson, PhD RD Senior Specialist Dietitian & Research Associate at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, City Dietitians, King’s College London

Expert speaker

Dr Bridgette Wilson
Specialist research and clinical dietitian, King’s College London and City Dietitians


Dr Bridgette Wilson is a specialist research and clinical dietitian at a King’s College London and City Dietitians. Bridgette’s award-winning PhD from King’s College London was on Diet and Prebiotics in IBS and IBD. Since completing her studies Bridgette has continued to work in gut health research as well as continuing her clinical practice helping patients manage a range of medical conditions.

Melissa Mogor

Cristian Costas Batlle
Gastroenterology dietitian


Cristian is a gastroenterology dietitian specialising in coeliac disease. In the NHS he runs a dietitian-led coeliac service, whilst also working in coeliac disease research and supporting people with coeliac disease and gluten-related condition in private practice. He has won multiple awards for his work in the field of coeliac disease and is very passionate about sharing evidence-based information about coeliac disease and the gluten free.

Melissa Mogor


Tanya Haffner
CEO RD MyNutriWeb



This webinar has been approved for CPD by the AfN

Probiotics and the microbiome are areas where the evidence base is rapidly evolving. Therefore this webinar will provide a helpful update on the latest literature available on how probiotics can affect the microbiome as well as what to consider when an individual indicates they would like to try probiotics.

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This webinar is being run in association with Optibac Probiotics and BDA Gastroenterology Specialist Group


About Optibac Probiotics

Optibac are experts and leaders in the market of probiotics in UK and Ireland. With 2 decades of expertise specialising entirely in probiotics formulations, they understand the importance of strain specificity, a fact recognised by WHO and IPA. This acknowledgement drives Optibac to partner with leading microbial institutes worldwide and work with some of the most extensively researched strains available, reflecting the company’s commitment to quality. Every Optibac strain undergoes rigorous testing to ensure they reach the gut alive. Education is another cornerstone of their values.

Learn more about Optibac research and gain access to their professional probiotics database (home to the most up to date research on individual strains).


About BDA Gastroenterology Specialist Group

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.

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