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  • The Trampery 239 Old Street London, England, EC1V 9EY United Kingdom (map)

A rare opportunity to hear from key nutrition experts about the wondrous world of our gut and what we can do to keep it healthy.

Our aim at the Rooted Project is to make science accessible by linking the public with leading scientists and health professionals in the field of nutrition.

An increasing amount of research has linked gut health to disease and wellbeing, whether it's digestion, immunity, mood or even metabolism. Our microbiota (the trillions of bacteria in our gut) has such complex, specific functions in the body, it's sometimes referred to as an organ in itself. Furthermore, we know we can affect our microbiota and the health of our gut via the food we eat. 

So what should we be doing to keep our guts healthy? Join our expert speakers to find out more about the fascinating relationship between our diet and the wondrous world of our gut.


Prof. Kevin Whelan (@Prof_Whelan)

We are honoured to announce Professor Kevin Whelan as the lead speaker for this event.

Kevin is an award winning Registered Dietitian and the Professor of Dietetics at King’s College London. He is also the director of the Diet and Gastrointestinal Health Research Programme which explores the complex relationship between our diet, gut bacteria and health.As part of this, Kevin has been the lead researcher of many studies, looking at how we can modify our diet to improve digestive problems like IBS, constipation and gut disease like inflammatory bowel disease. He is a series editor for the BDA publication Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics and on the editorial board for the scientific Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics and Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Laura Thomas, Ph.D. (@laurathomasphd)

The first of the two panelists joining Prof. Whelan in the Q&A session is the wonderful Laura Thomas.

Laura is a Registered Nutritionist who writes evidence based Nutrition blogs for the Huffington post and is host of the no BS wellness podcast ‘Don’t Salt My Game‘. She has a degree in Health Sciences with a concentration in Human Health & Nutrition from the university of Aberdeen. She conducted her honours research at the Rowett Research Institute on probiotics and then carried out gut-based research as part of her PhD at Texas A&M University, looking at the interaction of the gastrointestinal microbiome with the immune system.

Laura completed her postdoctoral training and research at Cornell University. She is based in London and is passionate about practicing, writing, and talking about evidence based nutrition and believes we’d all be better off if we ate more plants.

Dr Megan Rossi (@DrMegan_Rossi)

The second of the two experts joining Prof. Whelan in the Q&A session is Dr Megan Rossi. Megan is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with a PhD in the area of gut health from the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at The University of Queensland, Australia. Megan’s PhD was recognised for its contribution to science receiving the Dean’s Award for outstanding research Higher Degree and was selected as one of nine international female success stories by Cosmopolitan in 2015.

Megan has a broad range of nutrition experience having worked as a clinical dietitian specialising in gut health; sports nutritionist for the Australia Olympic Synchronised Swimming team; and consultant dietitian food industry.

Megan currently works as a Research Associate at King’s College London investigating nutrition-based therapies in gastrointestinal health, including pre- & probiotics, dietary fibres, the low FODMAP diet and food additives. Megan is also an Associate Lecturer at the University of Queensland, representative on several boards at King’s College London including the Division of Nutritional Sciences’ Executive Committee, heads the London Circle European Nutrition Leadership Platform (ENLP) Committee and works as a consultant dietitian to food industry. Megan is also currently working with Pure Sports Medicine to develop a private gut health clinic to open in 2017.

A message for nutrition professionals

We’ve been getting a lot of interest from nutrition professionals such as dietitians and nutritionists regarding our events which is brilliant. We just want to highlight that the Rooted Project was set up specifically for members of the public in mind. This means our talks are aimed for those with no science grounding as we’ve seen a gap in the wellness industry to make evidenced-based nutrition accessible to all.

We really welcome nutrition professionals coming to our events, and valued having your support at our last talk (a mixed audience serves for a very interesting Q&A). However we feel it’s important to be clear about the service we’re providing. That is, information is to be pitched to a level at which anyone can understand. We are hoping to put on talks for professionals specifically in the future so please watch this space for these too.

Thank you again for your support and interest.