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VIVA Gut Microbiome and Cancer Education Webinar Series:

Gut Microbiome and Cancer Development and Diagnosis

10 Sept 2022 (Saturday) |  08:30 - 09:30 (UTC+8 | SGT)  |  Check your Time Zone


Programme Synopsis

The microbiome is a complex ecosystem of billions of microbes that resides in the human gut. This microbiome has a profound impact on human health, and disruptions to its composition have been linked to a variety of diseases. Recently, the microbiome has also been implicated in the development and progression of some cancers. There are several mechanisms by which gut microbes can contribute to cancer development. For example, certain bacteria can produce compounds that damage DNA, promote inflammation, or alter the way the body processes metabolites. These changes can increase the risk of tumour formation. In addition, the microbiome can influence the body's immune response to cancerous cells, affecting both tumour growth and the effectiveness of treatments. The microbiome may also play a role in cancer diagnosis. For instance, certain patterns of microbial activity have been associated with specific types of digestive cancer. For example, microbiome-based diagnostic tests may be able to identify cancerous tumours more accurately at an early stage when they are most treatable. Further research is needed to fully understand the role of the microbiome in digestive cancer development and diagnosis. This emerging area of study holds great promise for improving our ability to prevent and treat this disease.


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Michelle Hermiston

A/Prof Sunny Wong

Associate Professor of Nutrition, Digestion and Metabolism and Assistant Dean, Academic Medicine, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
Nanyang Technological University


Dr Sunny Wong is a clinician-scientist and an Associate Professor at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University Singapore. He received his MBChB with Honors at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and his DPhil in University of Oxford on human genetics and infectious diseases. He completed his clinical training in gastroenterology and endoscopy in the Prince of Wales Hospital Hong Kong. His main research interest is on gut microbiome, investigating the host-microbe interaction in digestive and metabolic diseases, and exploring this for discovery of novel biomarkers and therapeutics. He has won several awards, including the Asia Pacific Digestive Week Emerging Leaders Lectureship (2021), the Sir David Todd Lectureship (2020), the Lo Ying Shek Chi Wai Foundation Meritorious Research Award (2020), and the Croucher Foundation Award (2014). He has published over 160 peer-reviewed articles including papers in Nature Genetics, Nature Communications, Gastroenterology and Gut. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.