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First Gut Microbiome course launches to excellent reviews

9 August 2023

Gut Microbiome

The School of Medicine, with support from the CPD Unit, has successfully run the University's inaugural Gut Microbiome short course, earning positive feedback from attendees.

The gut microbiome has the potential to change future clinical practice in terms of disease prediction, disease prevention and disease management and plays a vital role in many aspects of health. This course was designed to provide primary care workers with evidence-based information about the role of the microbiome, with a series of sessions from experts in the field.

We designed the course as an online workshop in order to reach a wider audience and enable international speakers to join us to present sessions on their specialist areas of interest. This interdisciplinary approach meant that we drew on expertise from various practitioners and covered a rich selection of subjects.

We are delighted that attendees (which included GPs and Histopathologists) provided exceptional feedback, with 100% rating the course as good or excellent and telling us they would put knowledge gained during the course into practice.

Delegates were treated to sessions from several academics and practitioners, covering topics including nutrition, obesity, colorectal cancer, research and IBS; course leaders were Dr Emma Short, Consultant Histopathologist specialising in gastrointestinal & soft tissue pathway, and the University's Justine Bold, CPD Programme Director.

Our first gut microbiome study day was a fantastic event, enjoyed by all attendees, who felt they had learnt new information that they could put into practice, not just in their clinical role but also to improve their own health and wellbeing. We're looking forward to another course in 2024.
Emma Short, Consultant Histopathologist, FRCPath, PhD, MRCSEd, MA, BMBCh, PGCMEd

The day was split into sections, with each guest speaking on their particular subject. At the end of the course, we held a group panel Q&A session.


  • Dr Emma Short  - Consultant Histopathologist, specialising in gastrointestinal & soft tissue pathway – overview of microbiome
  • Justine Bold  - Programme Director CPD, Cardiff University & nutritionist– nutrition & the microbiome
  • Dr Venita Patel – Community Paediatrician & registered nutritional therapist – obesity & the microbiome
  • Dr Lee Parry – Lecturer, Cardiff University - microbiome colorectal cancer & research
  • Dr Jonathan Sutton – Consultant Gastroenterologist  – Faecal microbiome transplant
  • Dr Mohammad Rostami-Nejad – head of coeliac disease department at RIGLD and the Internal Editor of Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench-  Microbiome changes in coeliac disease and IBS.

What's next?

Following the success of the inaugural event, we're working on bringing the course back for 2024; current plans are to run the next course as an in-person event. Register your interest to be the first to know when bookings open.

It was really positive to have so many attendees from primary care as well as colleagues from other disciplines at our interdisciplinary Microbiome in Health and Disease study day. Attendees enjoyed presentations on this exciting topic from a mix of perspectives and disciplines including histopathology, gastroenterology, bioscience, paediatrics as well as nutrition.
Justine Bold Programme Director CPD

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