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Yakult – Dietary Microbes Webinar

March 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Date: 28 March 2023

Time: 13.00-15.30 (CET)

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During this live webinar there will be a deep dive into the exciting topic of Dietary Microbes. With renowned speakers in the field we will explore the latest research insights  and Kaitlin Colucci – dietitian in gut health, spokesperson and influencer- will wrap up the science into a digestible summary. Following that there will be an extensive question and answer session, where all speakers are available for your questions.


13.00 – 13.10      Introduction: The importance of Dietary Microbes (Prof. Dr Bruno Pot)

13.10 – 13.30      Fermented foods and Gut Health (Prof. Dr Paul Cotter)

13.30 – 13.50      Clinical symptoms supported (Prof. Dr Francisco Guarner)

13.50 – 14.00      Break

14.00 – 14.20      Clinical research aspects (Prof. Dr Robert-Jan Brummer)

14.20 – 14.40      Wrap up by Kaitlin Colucci RD

14.40 – 15.25      All you ever wanted to ask (Q & A session)

15.25 – 15.30     Summary and closing

We are pleased to invite you to this webinar, hosted by Dr Kate Synnott (Corporate and Science Communication, Yakult Europe) and powered by Yakult Europe BV.


The importance of dietary microbes. Dr Bruno Pot, Science Director, Yakult Europe, Almere

Dr Bruno Pot graduated at the University of Gent, Belgium. In subsequent postdocs he performed research on lactic acid bacteria. Previously, he worked as a Research Director at the Institut Pasteur in Lille and as Director of Business Development at Applied Maths, a bioinformatics company. Today he is a Guest Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and has been the Science Director of Yakult Europe since 2016.


Fermented foods and gut health, highlights the importance of fermented foods for gut health.  Dr Paul Cotter, Head Of Food Biosciences, Teagasc, Ireland

Dr Paul Cotter is a Principal Investigator, and a molecular microbiologist, with a particular focus on the microbiology of foods (especially fermented foods), the food chain and of humans, as well as probiotics and postbiotics. Prof. Cotter is the author of >350 peer-reviewed, was included in the Clarivate list of highly cited researchers for 2018-2021 and is the Field Chief Editor of Frontiers in Microbiology.


Clinical symptoms supported: Prof Dr Guarner will highlight the clinical evidence (or the lack thereof) for the need to create such a dietary microbes food category dossier.  Dr Francisco Guarner, Teknon Medical Centre, Barcelona, Spain

Dr Francisco Guarner graduated in Medicine, trained in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Hospital Clinic and has obtained a PhD degree. He is a Consultant of Gastroenterology, as well as a member of the Steering Committee of the International Human Microbiome Consortium (, of the Scientific Committee of Gut Microbiota for Health Section of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility ( He is also the co-author of 335 publications on original research or reviews (Web of Science)


Clinical research aspects, difficulties of the clinical research aspects related to the creation of a dietary microbes food category dossier. Professor Robert-JM Brummer, Sweden

Professor Robert-JM Brummer studied medicine, performed his PhD studies and continued clinical training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at University Hospital Maastricht, in the Netherlands.

He leads both the interdisciplinary “Nutrition-Gut-Brain Interactions Research Centre” at the University as well as the recently governmentally funded national research excellence centre “Plant-based Proteins for Health and Wellbeing – PAN Sweden”. He is also engaged in national boards and strategies regarding food and nutrition research and innovation and acts as reviewer for several international research councils. He represents Sweden in the European Universities Association expert group on innovation.

His main field of interest in research is the nutrition/microbe-gut-brain interactions with special reference to human application and still performs all research endoscopic investigations himself.


From Science to Clinical Practice: Wrap-up and translation of the theory to practice with tips and tricks Kaitlin Colucci RD, Founder of Kaitlin Colucci Nutrition Ltd, UK

Kaitlin Colucci is a UK Registered Dietitian specialising in gut and digestive health, as well as general health and wellbeing. She is considered one of the leading gut health experts in her field and is the founder of the KC Nutrition online gut health clinic & The Mission Dietitian Instagram, a gut health hub to feed you all the latest evidence-based information on gut health and nutrition. Kaitlin is also the lead dietitian for the private healthcare service in The Shard, London.

In addition to her degree from The University of Nottingham, Kaitlin is also a British Dietetic Association (BDA) media spokesperson and over the past 5 years has appeared on shows such as BBC Countryfile, BBC Food Truth or Scare and Channel 4s Food Unwrapped and written for publications such as Women’s Health, The Daily Mail and Food Matters Live.

To connect with Kaitlin, you can follow her on all social media channels at @themissiondietitian  or visit her website


March 28
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm