Fibre studies - Gut Microbiota for Health interview Prof. Yolanda Sanz, MyNewGut Coordinator

MyNewGut workshop lays out plans for re-figuring fibre recommendations
MyNewGut Project Coordinator, Professor Yolanda Sanz of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), recently spoke with 'Gut Microbiota for Health' about MyNewGut's fibre studies.
Why is it important to study fibre and how it affects the gut microbiota?
Ideally, how will this MyNewGut data inform new food-based public health recommendations?
See what Yolanda had to say.

The MyNewGut project is looking for innovative industrial partners to join the Industrial Innovation Task Force (INNO-TF)

The MyNewGut project liaises with three external advisory boards. Advisors participate as consultation bodies, by sharing their expertise and good practices. The boards participate in meetings and give feedback on topics such as ethics, experimental set-up, consumers, food safety, industry interests/barriers, health, and regulatory affairs.
The mission of the INNO-TF will be to provide input on the specific needs of the industry and contribute to widespread information about the project activities and results. The MyNewGut project wants to create a network of stakeholders with similar interests coming from the industry and academia in order to look for synergies and new opportunities in the future. 
13 enterprises and organisations working in the development and manufacture of food and food ingredients are already members of the INNO-TF. Throughout the duration of the project members of the INNO-TF will be invited to share their know-how and their points of view via our website and social networks and will have the opportunity to discuss with other peers about the current and future trends of the food industry. 
If you are interested in taking part in this initiative and to be informed about the latest developments of the MyNewGut project JOIN US (email mynewgut(at) 

MyNewGut's 1st annual meeting, Bologna, 15-17 April 2015

The MyNewGut consortium came together 15-17 April, in Bologna, for the first annual meeting. Partners shared and discussed the developments and upcoming activities of the project. We were joined by two members of the MyNewGut Scientific Advisory Board, Dr Garrath Williams of the University of Lancaster and Dr Anthony Leeds a Senior Visiting Fellow of the University of Surrey. The Scientific Advisory Board engages international scientific leaders in the study of host-microbe interactions, diet, nutrition, lifestyle, health and diet related diseases with the aim to advise on scientific and ethical issues. 

The Economist interview + video Dr Sandrine Claus, MyNewGut researcher

For example, there is growing evidence to suggest that autism spectrum and eating disorders, cardiovascular disease and metabolic conditions such as obesity and type 2 diabetes may all be associated with microbial imbalances in the gut, explains Sandrine Claus, a lecturer in metabolomics at the University of Reading, UK.

"The microbiome field has produced some of the most exciting science discoveries of the last five years, and its potential impact on human health is just too big to ignore"

If confirmed, these findings could have an enormous impact on human health. The benefits for treating diabetes alone, which affects over 300 million people globally, could be transformational. “If we were able to prevent the disease’s complications by manipulating the gut microbiome in only 10 per cent of patients, this would still equate to millions of people with a preserved quality of life", says Dr Claus.

Click here to read the full interview.

The Economist also published a short video MyNewGut project's Dr Sandrine Claus, of the University of Reading, explains what microbial medicine means, some of its most promising applications, and why bacteria might one day replace pills as the main way to deliver medicine. Click here to watch the video.

Workshop “Dietary Fibre 2015 meets the project MyNewGut”


Preceding the 6th ICC International Dietary Fibre Conference, Paris, June 1-3 2015 ( MyNewGut organised a successful workshop with 80 participants from academia, industry and governmental bodies. Project coordinator Yolanda Sanz (Spanish Council for Scientific Research-CSIC) outlined the scientific basis and set-up of MyNewGut. After presentations on the MyNewGut’s approach for evaluating fibre-based ingredients (Lesli Hingstrup, University of Copenhagen), and the industry perspective of using new ingredients with prebiotic activities (Joan Vermeiren, Cargill, Belgium), Nathalie Delzenne (University Catholique de Louvain, Belgium) presented the growing body of evidence indicating the role of the human gut microbiome on obesity.

As shown by Jan Willem van der Kamp (TNO, Netherlands) current dietary guidelines are not referring to prebiotic functions of fibres and the role of the gut microbiome, but recent policy documents on guidelines and public health indicate that this may change in the near future. In the discussion Paula Trumbo, FDA, indicated that the US government is allocating substantial budgets for microbiome and health related research. Hans Verhagen (RIVM, Netherlands and EFSA NDA Panel member) welcomed the ambition of the MyNewGut project for substantially strengthening the science basis for possible health claims in this area. At the end of the meeting Maria Roca (CSIC) presented the Industrial Innovation Task Force (INNO-TF), an external advisory board formed by experts of different industries involved in the production and manufacture of food ingredients and products that will support the MyNewGut project with their expertise. Participants were invited to join this initiative and participate in a unique networking platform.
Yolanda Sanz and Michaela Pichler (CEO of ICC, the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology) are already looking forward to further cooperation in conferences such as the 15th Cereal and Bread Congress (Istanbul, April 2016) and the next Fibre Conference in 2018 (the Netherlands).

The MyNewGut workshop presentations can be viewed below:

Dietary Fibre 2015 - MyNewGut Workshop - The MyNewGut project: Microbiome, obesity and behaviour (Yolanda Sanz, IATA-CSIC)

Dietary Fibre 2015 - MyNewGut Workshop - Evaluating the efficacy of fibre-based food ingredients (Lesli Hingstrup, University of Copenhagen)

Dietary Fibre 2015 - MyNewGut Workshop - Using new ingredients in cereal food products, the industry perspective (Joan Vermeiren, Cargill)

Dietary Fibre 2015 - MyNewGut Workshop - Understanding the mechanism of action of prebiotics in metabolic health (Nathalie Delzenne, University Catholique de Louvain)

Dietary Fibre 2015 - MyNewGut Workshop - Prebiotic fibres and the microbiome in dietary guidelines – new developments (Jan Willem van der Kamp, TNO)