Docent Teemu Aitta-aho (University of Helsinki) has published several articles on neuronal activity in the brain and is now developing novel technologies to study the gut-brain axis.

More information about Dr. Aitta-aho's work can be found here.

Professor Robert-Jan Brummer's (Örebro University) innovative research focuses on the relationship between nutrition, gut microbiota, gastrointestinal health, and brain function.

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Professor Thomi Brunner (University of Konstanz) has published several high-impact articles on cell death and tumor progression during inflammatory processes.

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Dr Caitlin Cowan is a post-doctoral researcher at the APC Microbiome Institute (University College Cork). Her main research interest is on the role of the gut-brain axis in developmental psychopathology, including several published articles on the use of probiotic treatments in rodent models of early-life stress.

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Professor Chris Evelo heads the Department of Bioinformatics at the University of Maastricht. His research combines different bioinformatics approaches with gene data to yield new insights of systems biology.

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Dr. Anastasia Godneva is a senior scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science, working with Prof. Eran Segal. She is now leading large-scale dietary intervention studies using microbiome data and machine learning.

More details about the projects led by Dr. Godneva can be found here.


Dr. Thomas E. Gundersen is the CEO and co-founder of Vitas, a company that offers chemical analytical services to customers. Dr. Gundersen is an expert on analytical chemistry and has published several articles on the chromatographic determination of lipids, phytochemicals, vitamins and antioxidants.

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Professor Karl-Heinz Herzig (University of Oulu) has published several outstanding research papers on obesity, metabolic syndrome, and endocrine systems.

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Docent Pekka Katajisto (University of Helsinki) conducts pioneering research on stem cells, stem cell niche, and their role in aging.

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Marjukka Kolehmainen is a professor in nutrition at the Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland.  Her expertise is at the area of human nutrition, health effects and functionality of foods/diets from molecular level to the whole body metabolism with special interest in inflammation.

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Docent Kaija-Leena Kolho works at the Helsinki University Children's Hospital and she has published multiple high-quality clinical studies on pediatric inflammatory bowel disease.

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Esa Korpi is professor of pharmacology at the Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland. He has published over 270 original articles and reviews in the fields of neuropsychopharmacology, biomedical alcohol research, neurobiology of addiction and brain diseases.

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Professor John Mathers' (Newcastle University) extensive research activities range from molecular nutrition studies to large-scale intervention and nutritional epidemiology studies.

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Professor Seppo Meri is the Chief Physician of Research in Microbiology at HUSLAB, laboratory of the Helsinki University Hospital, and Professor of Immunology at the Medical Faculty, University of Helsinki, Finland.

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Professor Eero Mervaala's (University of Helsinki) research has provided key insights on the pathophysiology and pharmacology of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

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Associate Professor Gianni Panagiotou is the Head of Systems Biology and Bioinformatics in Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology. He is an expert on the integration and interrogation of large datasets for studying the interplay between genomes, metagenomes and the exposome (e.g. drugs, nutraceuticals, bioactive compounds) to discover new molecular mechanisms related to healthy and disease states.

More information about Ass. Prof. Panagiotou's work can be found here.


Docent Anne Salonen (University of Helsinki) is one of the leading experts in the field of intestinal microbiota. 

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Docent Reetta Satokari (University of Helsinki) has published several pioneering studies on faecal microbiota transplantation.

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Professor Michael Schemann's (Technical University of Munich) extensive research activities on the enteric nervous system have led to several ground-breaking discoveries and have made him a key opinion leader in the field of gastroenterology.

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Professor Robin Spiller is Professor of Gastroenterology in the Nottingham Digestive Diseases Biomedical Research Unit at the University of Nottingham. His main research interest is the pathophysiology of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), particularly the role of infection, inflammation, diet and alterations in the microbiome as well as pioneering the use of MRI to image the underlying mechanisms in functional bowel diseases.

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Stine M. Ulven is a professor in nutrition at Department of Nutrition, University Oslo Norway.  Her research group called “Systems biology in controlled dietary intervention studies” aims to get a comprehensive understanding of the role of dietary fat on biological processes in humans by integrating large scale datasets from controlled dietary intervention studies.

More information about Professor Ulven's work is available here