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Day 02 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Diet and the Microbiome

It is now recognized that the gut microbiome plays an integral role in maintaining intestinal health. In the past several years, research has found associations with the gut microbiome and chronic health conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Interestingly, while several factors are known to influence the gut microbiome, diet plays a significant role and can induce large, temporary microbial shifts in as quickly as 24 hours.  Given this relationship, there is rising interest for therapeutic manipulation of the gut microbiome as a means to mitigate these chronic conditions. Additionally, a growing body of evidence suggests that medications can influence the gut microbiota, and the gut microbiota can influence the actions of a range of xenobiotics, in both beneficial and potentially harmful ways. Microbial factors must now be considered when determining drug pharmacokinetics and the impact that an evolving and dynamic microbiome could have in this regard. This session aims to review current understanding of dietary and certain pharmaceutical factors on the gut microbiome as it relates to health.


Get To Know Dr. Gail Cresci

Gail Cresci, PhD, RD, LD, CNSC is Faculty/Staff in the Departments of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and Inflammation & Immunity, Lerner Research Institute, as well as Director for Nutrition Research within the Center for Human Nutrition, Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. Additionally she is the Nutrition Thread Director within the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

Dr. Cresci completed her doctorate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Medical College of Georgia, Master of Science degree in Nutrition at Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences, and Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics at the University of Akron.  Dr. Cresci’s research focus is on the gut microbiome with a particular focus on its metabolic byproducts in health and disease. Dr. Cresci has published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and edited a textbook in critical care nutrition. She has received numerous awards for her clinical and research endeavors including the 2018 Stanley Dudrick Research Scholar Award from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition; 2018 Outstanding Research Dietitian Award from the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 2014 Excellence in Practice  Research Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 2010 Distinguished Nutrition Support Dietitian Advanced Clinical Practice Award from the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition; and the 2009 Excellence in Practice Clinical Nutrition Award from the American Dietetic Association.