From Iodine Deficiency to Gut Microbiota | Duke Kunshan University
From Iodine Deficiency to Gut Microbiota
Dr. Zheng Feei Ma

Lecturer at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Feb 21st 2019 12:00 to 13:00
Room 1079, Academic Building
Friday, February 15, 2019 - 14:30

Summary of talk:  

The seminar will be divided into 2 parts. The first part of the seminar will be focused on the assessment of iodine status in populations (the results of an iodine randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial). Iodine deficiency affects ~30% of the world’s population and it is unclear if a blood biomarker called thyroglobulin (Tg) can be used to assess iodine status. In the second part of the seminar, I will discuss about the findings of a non-randomized, open-label trial of probiotics in adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) developed after a flood disaster. After major floods, individuals in a community who develop IBS are more likely to have significant mental health impairment. However, it is unclear if a probiotic called Bifidobacterium infantis M-63 is effective in improving symptoms, psychology and quality of life (QoL) in these individuals.

Brief Biography:

Dr Zheng Feei Ma is a lecturer in Human Nutrition at the Department of Health and Environmental Sciences, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), Suzhou, China. He is one of the founding members of the Health and Sustainability Innovation (HSI) Lab, Health Technologies University Research Centre (HT-URC), XJTLU. In addition, he is also the Honorary Recognized Teacher of the University of Liverpool, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH) (UK), a Member of the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB) (UK) and a Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) of the Association for Nutrition (UK).

His research activities focus on understanding population as well as individual health, relevant for developed and developing countries. One of his specialist fields in nutrition research includes the effect of iodine supplementation on thyroid health. Other research activities involve collaborative and multidisciplinary projects on topics ranging from evaluating the usefulness of thyroglobulin as a biomarker of iodine status, the effect of probiotics in flood-affected victims, the prevalence of Clostridium difficile infection in hospitalized patients and assessing the phytochemical compounds in food products.

He has been involved in many funded projects, of which two projects as a Principal Investigator (PI). His research output summarizes in over 30 peer-reviewed publications in international high profile journals, numerous conference contributions and 1 book chapter