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To investigate clinical implication of gut microbiota, the Laboratory for
Medical Microbiology at Ghent University Hospital headed by Prof. Bruno
Verhasselt developed a diagnostic NGS-based workflow to analyze the microbiome,
and initiated clinical studies to intervene in microbiota composition by fecal
microbiota transfer (FMT). The Ghent Stool Bank (GSB) was established to provide
regional, ready-to-use and high quality donor feces product for the increasing
number of FMT procedures at UZ Ghent and cooperating hospitals.
The research focus is on weakened and/or immunosuppressed patients, such as patients with a long-term multi-drug-resistant-organism colonization. This growing group of patients is often subjected to long time isolation because of lack of treatment. We intent to decolonize these patients with donor microbiota and achieve new insights by means of microbiome analysis and typing of patient and donor material.