Satellite symposia

Three satellite symposia have been scheduled for Tuesday, 21 August 2018. There will be two concurrent morning sessions followed by an afternoon session (please see further information below). Attendance at any satellite symposium is included in the DPP2018 registration fee, and please indicate during registration if you would like to secure a place at a satellite symposium.


8:30am – 12:00pm

COST Action FA1401 – PiGutNet: Factors affecting the gastro-intestinal microbial balance and the impact on the health status of pigs

COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.


8:30am – 12:00pm

Riddet Institute: The Pig as a Nutritional Model for the Human

For many aspects related to human nutrition, it is difficult to obtain data in human subjects. This may be due to difficulties in the collection of samples, or ethical considerations. Thus it is often necessary to use data generated using animal models. The pig has a very similar digestive tract physiology to the human, and has been widely used as a nutritional model for the human. During this symposium reviews will be presented on the use of the pig as a model for the human for the nutritional regulation of protein synthesis, evaluation of dietary protein quality, fibre fermentation in the gastrointestinal tract, mechanisms of action of soluble dietary fibres on lipid and cholesterol metabolism, and the effect of heat stress on gut integrity.

Dr Suzanne Hodgkinson, MIFST, Massey University, New Zealand
The pig as a model for evaluation of dietary protein quality

Dr Carlos Montoya, MIFST, Massey University, New Zealand
Using the pig model to study fibre fermentation in the gastrointestinal tract

Prof Frank Dunshea, University of Melbourne, Australia
Effect of heat stress on gut integrity in the pig model

Dr Nima Gunness, Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), The University of Queensland, Australia
The use of pigs to investigate the mechanisms of action of soluble dietary fibres on lipid and cholesterol metabolism

Prof Teresa Davies, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA
The pig as a model for the study of the nutritional regulation of protein synthesis

1:00pm – 4:30pm

DSM Nutritional Products: Gastro-Intestinal Functionality and Health

The global concern around antimicrobial resistance is putting pressure on the animal production industry to remove AGPs from diets and to minimize the therapeutic use of antibiotics. The need to find the best alternative solutions requires the industry to improve its knowledge and understanding of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) of the animals. The Symposium is aimed at providing an overview on the GIT functionality and health, how we can assess its status through proper biomarkers and, finally, how some nutritional strategies can positively impact it and hence improving animal health, welfare and performance.

Dr Pietro Celi, DSM
Definition of Gastro-Intestinal Functionality and Health and Biomarkers

Dr Charlotte Lauridsen, Arhus University, Denmark
Is there a connection between gut functionality and immune response?

Dr John Pluske, Murdoch University, Australia
How feed materials and feed processing can impact on GIT functionality: focus on post-weaning diets

Dr Aaron Cowieson, DSM
Feed enzymes and gut health

Dr Jurgen Zentek, Free University Berlin, Germany
Benefits of eubiotics on piglet gut health

Dr Mark Lyte, Iowa State University, USA
Microbiota and gut-brain axis: how it’s affecting behaviour