It is widely recognized that the establishment of a healthy gut microbiota early in life can have profound effects on health during infancy and later in life. At a recent Nestlé-sponsored symposium, Prof. Patricia Conway and Dr. Jose Saavedra discussed the role of gut microbiota in modulating the infant's developing immune system, and dietary interventions that have shown favourable outcomes in infants.
Prof Patricia Conway is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Australia. She is also a visiting professor at the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering & NTU Food Technology Centre (NAFTEC) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her research interests are gastrointestinal microbiology, probiotics, and prebiotics, with emphasis on bacterial colonization and its function in the gastrointestinal tract.
Dr Jose Saavedra is an Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the US. He is also Global Chief Medical Officer for Nestlé Nutrition. His primary focus is on infant nutrition and health, and he has an extensive record of publications in intestinal microbiota, immunity, and preventive nutritional strategies.