The gut microbiome: Stomach bugs - Cause or cure of illness?

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The composition of the gut microbiome has been linked to localised and systemic diseases ranging from irritable bowel syndrome and obesity to autism and autoimmune disorders.

This course discusses the bacteria, archaea, viruses, and eukaryotic microbes that naturally occur in the human gastrointestinal tract – the gut microbiome and considers the relationship of gut microbiome with human disease.

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At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Describe the beneficial role of microorganisms in the human gut.
  • List some of the pathophysiological conditions associated with microbial dysbiosis (imbalance) in the gut.
  • Understand the composition of the microbiome and how it develops over time.
  • Understand how the composition of the microbiome affects specific pathophysiological conditions including obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, and autoimmune disease.
  • Describe medical interventions, such as faecal microbiota transplantation that can be used to influence the microbiome and improve symptoms of disease.

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