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Interactive microbiome research

Microbiome and Health Initiative Graz

Microorganisms are the motors of all ecosystems on Earth and are a key factor for plant and human health. Approx. 90% of our body cells are microorganisms, and our entire body function and well-being depends on a well-balanced interaction with microbes. It is known that our diet and also drugs have impact on gut microbiota, and that intestinal microbes metabolize drugs and plant constituents and form active compounds. Our goal is to understand the role of the plant and human microbiome in health and diseases, and to find ways how to manipulate it, in order to sustain or restore human, animal, plant or environmental health.

Our key goals:

We want to provide a Graz based platform, in order to facilitate application-driven microbiome research at the interface of industry and academia. Under the roof of ACIB (Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology), we will provide our expertise in microbiological, pharmaceutical and biotechnological research to support industry in the optimized development of products for health and well-being.

The involved partners:

- Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rudolf Bauer (Karl-Franzens University Graz, Pharmaceutical Sciences)

- Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gabriele Berg (TU Graz, Environmental Biotechnology)

- Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christine Moissl-Eichinger (Medical University Graz, Interactive Microbiome Research)

What we provide:

·       Experience and expertise in the area of microbiome research

·       Unique testing facility (“artificial gut system”)

·       Experience in product development for biocontrol of pathogens

·       Experience and expertise in the area of phytochemical analysis and plant metabolomics

·       Excellent research environment

Kick-off symposium:

January 28th 2016  10:00-15:00

TU Graz Main Building, Rechbauerstraße 12, 8010 Graz, HS II & Foyer



10 :00    Welcome

10 :15    Christine Moissl-Eichinger (Medical University Graz): The human microbiome- the key to health?

10 :50    Rudolf Bauer (Uni Graz): The role of intestinal microbiota in the activity of herbal medicine and dietary supplements

11 :25    Gabriele Berg (TU Graz) : The plant microbiome and human health

12:00     Martin Trinker (ACIB): ACIB: Presentation and possible projects

12:20     Tomislav Cernava (ACIB):  ACIB facilities – the artificial gut system

12:30 – 13:15    Lunch

13:15     Panel discussion

14:00     Individual discussion

"Microorganisms are the key"

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