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VIVA Gut Microbiome and Cancer Education Webinar Series:

Gut Microbiome and Nutrition

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


Programme Synopsis

The microbiome is the collection of all the microbes that live in and on the human body. These microbes include bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa. The microbiome is essential for human health, as it helps to regulate the immune system, digestion, and metabolism. Nutrition plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy microbiome. In particular, dietary fiber is essential for fostering the growth of beneficial bacteria. Conversely, processed foods and sugar can promote the growth of harmful bacteria. Disorders such as obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, and some cancers have been linked to an imbalance in the microbiome. The composition of the gut microbiome can influence disease risk factors such as inflammation and metabolism. Thus, nutrition and the gut microbiome are intimately connected and have major implications for diseases including cancers.


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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.

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