Our group is interested in characterising the bacterial communities that live in our gut (gut microbiome) and how they contribute to human health. Like many countries, Australia has a population that is rapidly ageing due to low birth rates and longer life expectancy.

The proportion of the population aged over 65 years is predicted to rise markedly over the next two decades, which will impose significant social and economic challenges on the country. Previous studies indicate that there is a link between gut microbiome and physical function and so we aim to study this area in more detail in an older population.

About this study

This study aims to determine the effectiveness of a synbiotic formulation on indicators of functional performance, balance and muscle strength. We are also hoping to evaluate the effectiveness of this formulation on muscle mass and quality, gut microbiota composition and diversity.

What’s involved?

We are looking for men and women to participate in a study evaluating the effects of a synbiotic formulation (combination of a prebiotic and probiotic) on measures of physical performance, strength and muscle health in older populations.

You may be eligible for this study if you:

  • are aged between 60 and 85 years (inclusive)
  • have a BMI between 18 and 30 (inclusive) and body weight of at least 40 kilograms
  • are able to attend five appointments over a 22-week period at Swinburne's Hawthorn campus
  • currently have no disease that can affect normal healthy gut function

Participants who complete the 22-week study will be provided a Coles Myer gift card.

Complete the registration form to participate

For further enquiries

Please call +61 3 9214 5560 or email gutmuscle@swinburne.edu.au.

This study has been approved by the Swinburne University Human Research Ethics Committee.

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