Elsie Widdowson Memorial Lecture 2018

The 2018 Elsie Widdowson Memorial Lecture was presented on 5 July 2018 by Professor Kevin Whelan PhD FBDA RD. 

Professor Whelan presented modifying the microbiome in gut health and disease: research as the foundation of dietetic practice. The lecture reviewed the role of probiotics and prebiotics and other aspects of diet and their impact on the gut microbiome in health and disease.

What we heard

This one-hour talk will discuss the gastrointestinal microbiome, a complex ecosystem of trillions of bacteria, how our understanding of its role in health and disease is rapidly expanding as a results of molecular microbiological techniques that can accurately characterise its composition and diversity and 'omics' technologies that measure its metabolic activity.

Professor Whelan will provide an insight into the ongoing research being under taken in the field, including studies and controlled trials of microbiome-modifying interventions and a wide range of disorders - plus the results which are often surprising!

How can I listen to the lecture?

The lecture was recorded and will be released shortly.

Find out more about Professor Whelan

Professor Whelan is Professor of Dietetics and Head of Department of Nutritional Sciences at King's College London.  He was awarded BDA highest honour, a fellowship in July 2017, following the announcement Kevin spoke to Dietetics Today editor - read the interview in August 2017 Dietetics Today page 26 (log in required)

Professor Whelan has undertaken extensive research on probiotics, prebiotics, fibre and dietary interventions in gastrointestinal health and disease, funded through national agencies such as the Medical Research Council and National Institute of Health Research and charities such as Crohn’s and Colitis UK and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. He has published over 100 full papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the Series Editor of the BDA Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics book series. Find out more about Kevin and his current research