Diet-Derived Microbial Metabolites in Health and Disease

Date:  Wednesday, September 11, 2024
Time: 13:00 - 14:00 ET (1:00pm - 2:00pm ET)

Speaker:  Anandh Babu Pon Velayutham, PhD (University of Utah)

Webinar description:  Diet is a crucial factor in shaping the gut microbiome. Dietary fermentable polysaccharides support the growth of gut microbes, and microbes help to metabolize certain nutritional components, indicating a two-way relationship exists between dietary components and gut microbes. Gut microbes interact with the host by producing beneficial or harmful diet-derived microbial metabolites, which play a fundamental role in host physiology and pathophysiology. Understanding diet-derived microbial metabolites could provide valuable insights into preventing or treating various health complications, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. This webinar will focus on the causal relationship between dietary components, gut microbes, and diet-derived metabolites in health and disease, providing practical insights for healthcare professionals and researchers.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the role of diet-derived microbial metabolites in health and diseases.
  2. Identifying strategies to target diet-derived microbial metabolites in preventing/treating chronic diseases.

Moderator: Elena Comelli, PhD (University of Toronto)

About the Speaker:   

Dr. Anandh Babu Pon Velayutham is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology at the University of Utah. His research focuses on the role of gut microbes in health and disease and is supported by grants from NIH and USDA. Specifically, his lab is interested in (i) identifying novel dietary components and gut-derived metabolites for preventing vascular diseases, (ii) evaluating the causal association between dietary berries, gut microbiome, and vascular health, and (iii) determining the impact of diabetes on microbial metabolic signatures in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. With a 25-year tenure in education, Dr. Velayutham earned consecutive teaching awards from 2021 to 2024.


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