Podcast

Gut Check: Microbiome and Food Allergy Development with Liam O'Mahony, PhD

  • What is the gut microbiome and the role it plays in human development and infancy
  • How crucial the microbiome is in the development of food allergies and whether it determines the tolerance to certain foods that are offered to a baby. 
  • Suggestions on how to improve a baby's microbiome status through the introduction of a variety of foods including potentially allergenic ones.
Katie Ferraro

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Have you ever wondered how the bacteria present in your baby’s gut can have an effect on allergic reactions? In this episode researcher, professor and immunologist Liam O’Mahony PhD, who specializes in the basic mechanisms by which microbes influence allergic sensitization within the gut, joins me to talk about how a baby’s gut microbiome can play a role in food allergies and how diet diversity can help decrease allergy risks.

SUMMARY OF EPISODE

In this episode I’m interviewing Liam O’Mahony, PhD who discusses:

  • What is the gut microbiome and the role it plays in human development and infancy

  • How crucial the microbiome is in the development of food allergies and whether it determines the tolerance to certain foods that are offered to a baby. 

  • Suggestions on how to improve a baby’s microbiome status through the introduction of a variety of foods including potentially allergenic ones.

ABOUT THE GUEST

  • Liam O’Mahony is an immunologist, researcher and professor of Immunology at the Department of Medicine and Microbiology, APC Microbiome Ireland, National University of Ireland, in Cork, Ireland.

  • His research interests are focused on the molecular basis for microbe and metabolite modulation of mucosal inflammatory responses.

LINKS FROM EPISODE

Follow Liam O’Mahony on Twitter: @ liam_omahony1

Read more about his research at APC Microbiome Institute

Studies Mentioned:

Listen to the interview with Katie and Carina Venter in:

Ep 124 “Using an Egg Ladder for Babies with Egg Allergy with Carina Venter, PhD, RD”

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