26/08/2016 - Did you know that one of the world’s largest gut microbiome research efforts is run by a VIB lab? Jeroen Raes and his team started a bottom-up initiative in 2012 that would soon turn out to be a huge research project
13/06/2016 - Using a manually curated metabolic module framework for (meta-)genomic data analysis, Sara Vieira-Silva, Gwen Falony and colleagues from the Jeroen Raes lab (VIB/KU Leuven) studied species-function relationships in gut microbial genomes and microbiomes.
23/05/2016 - Primary sclerosing cholangitis, also known as PSC, is a liver disease with no effective medical treatment. Liver transplantation is the only proven long-term treatment of PSC, although only a fraction of individuals with PSC will ultimately require it.
28/04/2016 - The Flemish Gut Flora Project, one of the largest population-wide studies on gut flora variation among healthy volunteers, has presented its first major results. These results provide important information for future disease research and clinical studies.
10/02/2016 - first overview of the network of species linked to the oceanic biological pump has revealed some new players as well as the main bacterial functions participating in the process.
06/07/2015 - An international team of scientists, including Jeroen Raes, Gipsi Mendez, Karoline Faust and Samuel Chaffron (VIB/KU Leuven), has vastly increased our understanding of microscopic life in the oceans.
21/05/2015 - Plankton is our most important source of oxygen.
27/08/2013 - In Nature is published that there is a link between richness of bacterial species in the intestines and the susceptibility for medical complications related to obesity.
26/09/2012 - Whether you have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, in the future may be derived from the composition of your intestinal flora.
13/06/2012 - For the first time an international consortium of researchers, amongst whom VIB-VUB scientists, has mapped the different bacterial populations in the entire human body.
05/01/2012 - VIB and BGI are organising a genomics meeting on 15 Feb 2012 in Leuven, Belgium. Executives and investigators from both institutions will share their expertise on large scale genomcs and computational analysis
04/01/2012 - Great news to start 2012. Top journals Nature and Science are featuring research from VIB researchers at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in their 2011 highlights.
20/04/2011 - Every person’s intestinal system falls into one of three clearly distinguishable types of gut microbiota, called enterotypes, according to a metagenomics study co-authored by Jeroen Raes.
03/03/2010 - Of all the DNA that we carry around with us, less than 1% is of human composition. The rest has originated primarily from the massive amount of bacteria that live in our intestines.