Non-communicable diseases are the major cause of disability and mortality globally, responsible for 40 million (71%) deaths. For example, periodontitis, or gum disease, accounts for 3.52 million disability-associated life years, and is linked with over 57 other diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease. Many non-communicable diseases are driven by an individual’s immune-inflammatory responses to the micro-organisms living within the body. The mouth hosts the body’s second most complex microbiome, after the colon. Our theme will work on tailoring therapies to individuals.
Professor Iain Chapple
Professor Tariq Iqbal