How the Gut Microbes You're Born with Affect Your Lifelong Health

Jan, 14 2020
How the gut microbes you're born with affect your lifelong health | TED@DuPont
Henna-Maria Uusitupa

Microbiome researcher, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences

Your lifelong health may have been decided the day you were born, says microbiome researcher Henna-Maria Uusitupa. In this fascinating talk, she shows how the gut microbes you acquire during birth and as an infant impact your health into adulthood -  and discusses new microbiome research that could help tackle problems like obesity and diabetes.
Quote of the talk:

“I want to contribute to the unfolding of a future in which each baby has an equal starting point to be programmed for life-long health.”

About the Speaker

Henna-Maria Uusitupa


Henna-Maria Uusitupa investigates innovative solutions to minimize health risks that infants might have due to disruptions in microbiota development. Devoting her post-doctoral career to understanding the programming effects of early life nutrition on infant metabolic, cognitive and microbiota development, currently Uusitupa is working at DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences as a Senior Scientist and Technical Lead of Infant Health Platform based in Kantvik, Finland. She has one clear goal in her mind: to find the right product combination to restore the microbiota of infants after disruptions.


Want to know more about microbiome science from DuPont? 

In 2017, DuPont launched the Microbiome Venture, a small and focused entrepreneurial team with a strong connection to the entire DuPont organization.  Through strategic partnerships and investments in research and development, the Microbiome Venture will complement and build upon DuPont’s existing leadership in the areas of probiotics and prebiotics, including human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), to deliver microbiome-science-based products and solutions.

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