The Microbiome Explained

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FREE registration for all HCA members who have signed up for the 2022 Conference package.

Address: Level 5, Riverside House, 2A Southwark Bridge Road. London, SE1 9HA, United Kingdom

This is a Hybrid Event: Attend in Person or Join in Virtually

Panel Member: Dr. Norman Moore, PhD – Volwiler Senior Associate Research Fellow; Director Infectious Diseases, Scientific Affairs, Abbott

Panel Members: Alana Macfarlane Kempner and Lisa Macfarlane – Founders of The Gut Stuff


The microbiome is a buzzword that has become more and more ubiquitous over the past few years. Although trillions of microbes, i.e. bacteria, viruses, fungi and other organisms, live on and within humans, we have only recently begun to explore and understand our synergistic relationship with these microbes and how the microbiome impacts health and disease.

Join this panel discussion for an intro to the gut microbiome and hear different perspectives on how the food and medicines we ingest impact the microbiome and one’s overall health. How such a complicated topic can be communicated to both scientists and lay audiences will also be discussed.


Dr. Norman Moore, PhD – Volwiler Senior Associate Research Fellow; Director Infectious Diseases, Scientific Affairs, Abbott

Dr. Moore received his Bachelor's Degree from Dartmouth and his PhD in microbiology from the University of New Hampshire. He has eight US and 39 non US patents in the field of infectious disease diagnostics along with numerous publications and presentations. He has sat on medical committees such as the point-of-care groups for the College of American Pathology and the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute and helps write guidelines/best practices for additional groups. At this time, he is the global director of scientific affairs for the Rapid Diagnostic division of Abbott Laboratories. He received the Volwiler Fellowship Award for lifetime achievement in science in 2019. One of his passions is preventing antimicrobial resistance especially since unnecessary antibiotics have significant unintended consequences on the microbiome.

Alana Macfarlane Kempner and Lisa Macfarlane – founders of The Gut Stuff

“We believe gut health should be a right, not a privilege.”

The Gut Stuff started as a passion project by Lisa and Alana Macfarlane, who volunteered for twin research for Tim Spector and found themselves participating at the forefront of scientific research into nutrition and the microbiome, which they discovered that even though, being identical twins, they had 100% the same DNA, they only had around 30% the same gut bacteria – which could explain their completely different health pathways. Not only that, but research was also uncovering the links between with the gut microbiome to and everything from immunity to mental health, and thus their gut journey began.

With consumer knowledge low, the science emerging quickly and the category disparate and spread across food, pharma and public healthcare, the girls set about diving into every inch of the research, the market and, most importantly, what people knew and wanted.

They gathered together dietitians, nutritionists, GPs and scientists from each corner of microbiome research and was born – a hub to educate, empower and take people on the journey with them. 

With a business built on education first, they were able to launch products and tools by listening and engaging with their community (now over 150k strong) and – with half a million organic users to the site – were able to see what people were interested in and why.

Despite the business growing rapidly they’ve never lost their roots to make systematic change, which has seated them on the NHS Food Review board, authors of best-selling books with the top experts in the world and currently piloting modules for the UK School Curriculum. The company also achieved B Corp status this year.

How to Book

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Registration Deadline: 9am, Tuesday 1st November

This session is kindly sponsored by Aurora Healthcare Communications and Axon Communications


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The Microbiome Explained

Level 5, Riverside House, 2A Southwark Bridge Road London, SE1 9HA, United Kingdom

Tue 01 Nov 2022

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM GMT
(5:30 PM - 7:00 PM CET)