GROWTH Network

The GROWTH consortium, funded by the European Commission (2019-2023), is made up to train a new generation of researchers working on new pathological insights, biomarker diagnostics and personalized nutritional interventions for intestinal failure in neonates and preterm infants.


Academic and industry partners, covering various disciplines ranging from fundamental research to clinical paediatrics and analytical chemistry to organoid and gut-on-chip applications, have teamed up in the European Union.

Research Programme

GROWTH aims to set-up a new European platform that trains young scientists in the industry-led exploration of innovative routes to fully exploit the potential of early life nutrition to prevent inflammatory disease. GROWTH coordinates 8 individual research projects.


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Fermented foods show potential in increasing gut microbial diversity and modulating immune responses

One of the collaborating PhD students of the GROWTH programme, Konstantina Zafeiropoulou, published a very interesting story on a new study, carried out by researchers at Stanford University that shows that fermented-food diet may increase microbiome diversity and decrease markers of inflammation. In the same study high-fiber diet shows potential in altering gut microbiome functions and modulating immune responses.

Konstantina is currently a PhD candidate at Amsterdam UMC unraveling the role of gut microbiota and long-term dietary patterns in the development of postoperative colorectal anastomotic leakage.


Wellcome Connecting Science Virtual Conference: Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease

The 10th meeting in the Wellcome Connecting Science series on 13-15 October 2021 will once again bring together leading scientists and clinicians from the fields of microbiology, gastroenterology, neuroscience and public health to discuss the latest developments in this fast-moving area.



In October the next International Symposium on Gut Microbiology will take place as a virtual event.


Training Workshop ‘Taking charge of your career’ (June 16 – 18, 2021)

Event location : Remote

The next GROWTH workshop will be fully remote and will take place from the 16th to the 18th of June 2021.

Research workshop: “Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and molecular imaging workshop with teaching part and individual sessions", organized by the Biofilmcenter, Charité and MoKi Analytics, Berlin.

Academic skills workshop: "Creative thinking: On to new ideas, by Adib Fricke (

Academic skills / coaching workshop: ‘Shape your future’ by Dorothee Kagelmann.

The training workshop is organized within the framework of the GROWTH Project: Research and Training in Early Life Nutrition to Prevent Disease | H2020 | CORDIS | European Commission,


the CEMBO Consortium: Combating and Evaluation of Mixed Biofilms | H2020 | CORDIS | European Commission,


World Microbiome Day 27 June 2021

On World Microbiome Day all things microbial, all around the world are celebrated. International microbiome researchers are introduced to the public to raise awareness of the vibrant and diverse world of microbes and invite the public and industry professionals to share their thoughts and activities with the microbiome community.