Nutrition and Microbiota a long love story

Why did you organize those events on nutrition and microbiota ?

There is an increasing interest in the impact of gut microbiota in health and disease and in the gut-brain communication.

In this context, 3 symposiums on the link between nutrition and the microbiota were held in 2015, 2016, 2017 in Geneva at HUG (Geneva University Hospitals). Numerous subjects on microbiome were discussed including : 1) the capacity of the microbiota of the digestive tract to modulate this communication either directly or through the secretion of metabolites 2) the role that nutrition plays in neuro-hormonal pathways originating from the human gut 3) the possible impact on behaviour and the control of food intake and diet.


What will be the general theme of the next symposium ?

This year the 4th symposium on Cancer Immunity and Microbiota will be held the 7th of February 2019 in Geneva University Hospitals.

Latest studies focused on the microbiome suggest that the gut microbiota and gut microbiota diet, play a considerable role in the tolerance to and efficacy of some anti-cancer treatments. Ongoing research is working on the hypothesis that nutrition could modulate the gut microbiota, subsequently impact the immune system and finally play a role in the prognosis of cancer patients.


A better understanding of the association between nutrition and gut microbiota could open up new therapeutic options for chronic diseases such as cancer.


The medical symposium 2019 is already finished but if you are interested in our next symposium in Geneva please visit regularly our website. The next symposium will take place in Geneva on the 6th of February, 2020 and will be based on microbiota and old age.


We hope to see you at our next event,

Prof. Jacques Schrenzel & Prof. Laurence Genton