There are over 1000 types of bacteria that live in our gut and help us to process foods, and help in nutrient and vitamin uptake. The composition of the bacteria that makes up your microbiome is as unique as you are. Recently, it was discovered that there are disturbances in the gut bacteria of people who have diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, and even depression, anxiety and Alzheimer’s disease. We propose that screening individual microbiomes against compounds and as we age will help understand changes that take place in the microbiome in health and disease and help in the future to select personalized therapeutic approaches. This study will help us understand changes that happen in the microbiome as we age and to better understand the effects of compounds on our gut microbiomes.
Participants provide a stool sample that we use to collect the bacteria. As it happens the bacteria from our poop is a good reflection of our gut bacteria/our gut microbiome. Participants will also be asked to complete a diet questionnaire as our diets influence our bacterial composition. We will determine the composition of the bacteria that makes up each microbiome and how it responds to affectors such as prebiotics, food dyes/additives and medicines.
- Healthy persons of all ages.
- You can speak, read and understand English.
- Cancer or undergoing cancer treatment.
- Experienced an acute or active inflammatory issue within the last month.
- Taken antibiotics, prebiotics, or probiotics in the past month.
- Had episodes of gastroenteritis within the last month.
- Taken anti-diarrheal drugs or laxatives in the last month.
- Used ibuprofen daily for the last 14 days.
- A history of GI surgery.
- Have used traditional Chinese medicines in the last month.
- Taken metformin in the last month.
- Taken oral steroids in the last 4 weeks.
- A comorbidity known to affect the microbiome, including diabetes, cardio-vascular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, cancer or receiving treatment
Note: Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.
Type of Study
Target Age Group(s)
All Ages (>5 years)
Study Location - Ottawa
In person or Remote
University of Ottawa School of Pharmaceutical Sciences 451 Smyth Rd 4510E Ottawa,ON K1H-8M5
Dr. Janice Mayne
University of Ottawa
tel: 613-562-5800 ext. 8073
Dr. Daniel Figeys
Recruitment Start Date
Sept 15, 2023
Recruitment End Date
Sept 15, 2025