GI researcher Dr. Jeffrey Gordon wins award for gut microbiome research

Rachel Popa - Print  |

Jeffrey Gordon, MD, a gut microbiome researcher and trained gastroenterologist, won the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in biology and biomedicine.

The key details to know:

1. Dr. Gordon won the award for his research on the importance of the gut microbial community to human health.

2. He discovered gut flora may contribute to the early onset of obesity.

3. The awards committee said, "Fecal microbiota transplantation can be beneficial for the treatment of some disease conditions, including types of colitis. As the precise molecular mechanisms of the role of bacteria in our physiology are being discovered, this will have great promise for the development of targeted therapeutics for diverse human diseases."

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