Approximately 150 scientists from companies and universities attended the online CCC symposium where the researchers of all 6 projects from the CarboKinetics group presented and discussed a summary of the results they obtained over the past 4 years.
In the morning prof. dr. Robert Jan Brummer from Örebro University, Sweden gave an interesting lecture with the title ‘Intestinal short chain fatty acid production – will it make you healthier and happier?’ We have learned that the serotonin (5-HT) signaling system plays an important role in modulating brain-gut interactions. Moreover, microbial metabolites, such as short-chain fatty acids, hydrogen, methane, nutrition and metabolic cross-feeding next to others can affect the gut-brain signaling. Through a balanced nutrition we can provide good “food” for our gut bacteria and with that have a positive impact also on our brain function.
After the presentation of prof. dr. Robert Jan Brummer, researchers from the CarboKinetics CCC-NWO research programs presented their work followed by thought-provoking discussions.
The second key-note speaker of the day was dr. Geert Bruggeman from Nuscience, participant of NWO-CCC-CarboKinetics and NWO-CCC-CarboBiotics, with the presentation titled ‘Disseminating Innovative Solutions for Antibiotic Resistance Management’. Geert explained that DISARM aims to reduce antibiotic resistance by reducing the need for antibiotics in livestock farming by focusing on disease prevention and prudent use of antibiotics. Antibiotics should be used as little as possible, but as much as necessary to effectively treat disease and not compromise animal welfare.
We look back at a successful symposium and looking forward to the spring conference next year which is planned to be held in April 2021.