Editor's note on the Microbiota Supplement

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A symposium on the human microbiota and the potential for use of probiotics was organized by Bayer HealthCare Consumer Care in October 2011. The purpose of the meeting was to gain insights into the role of human microbiota strains in both health and disease, and to review therapeutic areas and indications where understanding the microbiota might have important benefits. An international board of scientific and clinical experts in microbiota, dermatology, gynaecology and gastroenterology highlighted what is known about the microbiota and the need for high quality research into the potential for manipulation of the human microbiota to maintain health and treat disease.

The articles in this supplement were compiled from the slides and presentations given during the symposium.


Authors participating in the international symposia:

Willem de Vos
Wageningen University, The Netherlands and University of Helsinki, Finland

Lars Engstrand
Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

Lorenzo Drago
Lab. Of Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology, IRCCS Galeazzi Hospital – Dept of Biomedical Sciences for Health, University of Milan, Italy

Gregor Reid
Lawson Health Research Institute of Western Ontario, London, Canada

Jürgen Schauber
Department Dermatology and Allergy, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany

Roderick Hay
Kings College Hospital, London and International Foundation for Dermatology, UK

Werner Mendling
Vivantes – Klinikum im Friedrichshain und Am Urban, Clinics for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Berlin, Germany

Martin Schaller
Department of Dermatology, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany

Robin Spiller
NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, Nottingham Digestive Disease Centre, Nottingham, UK

Cormac Gahan
Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre & Department of Microbiology, University College Cork, Ireland

Ian Rowland
Department of Food & Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading, UK


Participants from Bayer Health Care: Andreas Delcker, Gisela Latta, Holger Lenz, Susanne Querner, Stefanie Lindemann, Jerome Aubert, Donatella Crippa, Raymond de Bony