Magical Meeting: a Collaboration to Tackle Child Malnutrition in Bangladesh


A conference conversation between gut microbiome researcher Jeffrey Gordon and physcian Tahmeed Ahmed forged an award-winning international partnership.

Jeffrey Gordon and Tahmeed Ahmed tell Julie Gould how the Global Grants for Gut Health prize will benefit their malnutrition research in low and middle income countries.

As a child of the Space Age, Jeffrey Gordon dreamed of becoming an astronaut and discovering life on Mars. Instead he found fascinating life forms and interactions closer to home, inside the gastrointestinal tract.

The microbiome researcher, winner of the 2023 Global Grants for Gut Health Research Group Prize, tells Julie Gould about his research focus and the workplace culture in his lab at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri.

Gordon also describes the “magical meeting,” that forged a longstanding collaboration with physician Tahmeed Ahmed, executive director of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), and their investigations into how immaturity of the gut microbiota contributes to malnutrition.

The two researchers explain how the prize money will help to further strengthen an ongoing two-way knowledge exchange between the US team and their colleagues in Dhaka.

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Source : Nature