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The infant gut microbiome: demystifying the myths

The infant gut microbiome, prebiotics, probiotics, synbiotics, postbiotics and HMOs (human milk oligosaccharides) have been circulating around medical and nutrition research now for some time and they are an important discussion topic amongst healthcare professionals. This event will provide you with a clear understanding of the microbiome supported by clinical evidence from Kate Grimshaw and Dr Christopher Stewart, both experts in early life nutrition and the gut microbiome.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what constitutes and impacts the gut microbiome
  • Understand the clinical impact of changes to the gut microbiome
  • Improve knowledge on how changes to the gut microbiome can impact a preterm and allergic child
  • Improve awareness of the long term health benefits associated with the gut microbiome


18:00-18:45  Registration and buffet

18:45-19:00  Introduction and welcome with Cath Sachro

19:00-19:45  The role of the gut microbiome for nutrition and health with Kate Grimshaw

19:45-20:30  The gut microbiome in infancy – the importance of the first 1,000 days for future health

                         with Dr Christopher Stewart

20:30-20:45  Q&A session with the speakers

20:45-21:00  Summary and close


Kate Grimshaw (Dietitian)

Kate qualified in 1989 and has worked in many areas of Dietetic, most recently as an operational manager of Dietetics at Salford Royal Foundation Trust. In 2012, Kate completed her PhD in infant feeding practices and the development of food allergy. Alongside her managerial work, Kate continues to work clinically and as a lecturer at Southampton and Chester universities.

Dr Christopher Stewart

A specialist in the preterm gut microbiome, Christopher is a research fellow at Newcastle University and has previously worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Christopher has spent the last decade researching the gut microbiome in early life and the associations with health and disease.