The USZ offers the only microbiome consultation in Switzerland. What are the consultation hours about and who is the new offer aimed at? We asked Prof. Michael Scharl. The specialist in gastrointestinal diseases conducts research on the microbiome and heads the new microbiome consultation at the USZ.
Mr. Scharl, the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the USZ offers the first microbiome consultation in Switzerland. Why was a consultation hour set up specifically for this purpose?
The microbiome has been a much-discussed topic for some time. There are countless reports in the literature and in the media about diseases related to the microbiome and the role of the microbiome in a wide variety of diseases. There are also increasing opportunities to target the microbiome in specific therapies. There is therefore a great need for advice around the microbiome.
Which patients does the consultation address?
Basically to all persons. For example, there are countless offers for microbiome stool testing that many have done. However, it is then not possible to classify the findings correctly and, if necessary, to derive a therapy from them. Here we offer structured consulting.