2 Feb 2020

Gut Bugs' influence on our health is surprising

From Smart Talk, 4:06 pm on 2 February 2020
Escherichia coli - one of the many species of bacteria present in the human gut

Photo: Public domain

Who made the call to eat a second scone at the coffee shop? You or your gut bugs?

These tiny but influential bacteria that live in our bodies are called gut microbiome – and they may be manipulating more aspects of your life than you realise.

Studies show that our gut bugs influence not only our health, but also our mental wellbeing, behaviour and appetite.

Beneficial Gut Bacteria

Beneficial Gut Bacteria Photo: Flickr

Dementia, anxiety, autism, liver disease and a host of other issues can be linked to our gut bugs. So how can we fix gut bugs gone bad?

The solution probably isn’t what you’d expect. Brace yourself, because one of the most exciting new frontiers of medical research will unveil itself in this remarkable talk by one of New Zealand’s experts in the field.

About the speaker

Prof. Wayne Cutfield

Prof. Wayne Cutfield Photo: University of Auckland

Dr Wayne Cutfield is a professor of paediatric endocrinology at the University of Auckland, and director of A Better Start National Science Challenge. He was previously director of the Liggins Institute. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts in leading journals that include the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet. He was featured in the perspectives section of the Lancet in 2015. His research interests include the gut microbiome, understanding our microbiome and microbiome treatment. He has also focused on early life events that impact on long-term health and wellbeing. He balances a busy clinical career with his research activities.


Photo: University of Auckland

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