Pr. Volynets (Russian winner 2021): Gut microbiota & hepatobiliary chronic diseases
To celebrate #WorldMicrobiomeDay, Biocodex Microbiota Institute is handing the floor to national grant winners.
About this article
Pr. Galina Volynets
Chief Researcher and Head of the Department of Gastroenterology, Veltishchev Research and Clinical Institute for Pediatrics of the Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University of the Russian Ministry of Health, Moscow Dealing with problems of the digestive system in children for 40 years. Of particular interest are liver diseases and intestinal microbiota imbalances.
What has the national grant allowed to discover in your microbiota research area?
The existing opinion that the microbiota is another organ in the human body that requires special attention has been confirmed.
The study of the intestinal microbiota is a complex process that requires not only standardization for an objective assessment of the results of the study, but also the development of research methods, including genetic ones, that make it possible to isolate and differentiate not only strains of microorganisms, but also their metabolic products. One of the most difficult issues is microbiota transplantation for the purpose of targeted therapy of diseases.
What are the consequences for the patient?
The study of the intestinal microbiota and its metabolic products in the future will allow the targeted use of methods for its correction in order to optimize the treatment of various diseases.
In your point of view, what is the biggest breakthrough related to microbiota these last years?
The possibility of a more accurate study and differentiation of strains of microorganisms and their metabolic products.
Do you think there is a growing interest on microbiota recently?
Interest in the microbiota is certainly growing, especially due to the introduction of new methods for its study and the possibility of correcting microbiota imbalance.
Do you have a tip for taking care of our microbiota?
It is necessary to be very careful when using drugs that can cause an imbalance in the microbiota.
Minimize the presence in food of chemicals that can cause an imbalance in the intestinal microbiota.
To prevent the occurrence of various diseases, especially infectious ones, which are often accompanied by an imbalance in the intestinal microbiota.