Gut Microbiota

Topic: Gut microbiota

Authors: Fernando Azpiroz, Paul Enck
Release date: October 2016
This online course was developed by members of the GM&H Section of the ESNM, and was approved by the Board of Directors of the Section and by the Steering Committee of ESNM.

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About this online course

This online course provides evidence-based information to update gastroenterologists on the role of the commensal gut microbiota in normal gut physiology and function, as well as its role in gastrointestinal diseases. The introduction and three subsequent parts are to raise gastroenterologists' awareness of the importance of the gut microbiota in many clinical conditions.

Learning objectives

  • To raise gastroenterologists' awareness of the role of the gut microbiota;
  • To understand the role of gut microbiota and the main tools to modulate it in diarrhea including antibiotic-associated diarrhea, constipation and bloating;
  • To understand the role of gut microbiota in irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn´s disease, ulcerative colitis);
  • To improve the current use of antibiotics and probiotics in gastroenterology; 
  • To reflect on the impact of some procedures (e.g. endoscopy) on the gut microbiota; 
  • To illustrate when and how to explore gut microbiota;
  • To provide answers to the questions patients may ask their gastroenterologists.

Target audience

This online course is suitable for all general practitioners, internists and gastroenterologists.

Gut Microbiota