Can gut phages be used to improve the health of stunted children?

Mohammadali Khan Mirzaei Microbiota 2018 upd

During the 6th World Congress on Targeting Microbiota 2018 which will be held at Porto, Portugal, in October 28-30, 2018, Dr Mohammadali Khan Mirzaei from McGill University, Canada will present his research on "Role of gut phages in child stunting".

"Child stunting is a significant health concern in low and middle-income countries. Delayed and reduced growth or stunting results from nutrition deficiencies, genetics, and an altered gut microbiota. Recent studies have shown that gut bacteria of stunted children are different from their normal counterparts, generally with lower Firmicutes/Proteobacteria ratio. While the role of bacteriophages (phages for short) in regulating bacterial populations in the environment is well studied, their role in gut dysbiosis is unknown. In collaboration with the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, we have studied the role of phages in healthy and stunted children from Bangladesh. The main goal of our study is to determine if gut phages can be used to manipulate gut bacterial communities to improve the health of stunted children."

 

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