Biosciences seeking volunteers for gastrointestinal research study

Volunteers from the Kent-area and with a variety of eating habits are required.

The School of Biosciences is leading a research project, sponsored by Kent Health, to study the impact of the microbiome on gastrointestinal health. The School is requesting volunteers to aid with their studies.

In the School of Biosciences’ Tsaousis lab, the new research project will be examining how a certain microorganism can affect the gut microbiome diversity and its impact on gastrointestinal health.

Gut microbes have been linked with many aspects of health and are an exciting, emerging field of research. For example, some organisms previously considered disease-causing, may be beneficial to our gastrointestinal health. This research project will investigate the presence of these microbes and their role in human health and disease.

The School is calling for volunteers, mainly in the Kent area, to provide stool samples for analysis as part of this project. The results of this research could have a massive impact on our understanding of gastrointestinal health, with potentially exciting impacts on the future of health studies.

Requested volunteers include multiple eating habits (meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans) and individuals with various gastrointestinal disorders, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Volunteers’ anonymity will be maintain.

If you are interested in helping with this study please use the following link: https://www.kent.ac.uk/biosciences/news/2454/the-impact-of-the-microbiome-on-our-gastrointestinal-health