Dr Marloes Dekker Nitert
Senior Research Fellow, The University of Queensland
Dr Marloes Dekker Nitert is a Senior Research Fellow at The University of Queensland. Marloes is a biomedical researcher with a PhD from Lund University in Sweden. Her research focuses on the role of metabolism in complications of pregnancy. She currently heads a laboratory research group at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research studying the role of the gut microbiome in pregnancy, the role of food additives on placental function and placental gene expression and epigenetic markers in pregnancy complications. Marloes works closely together with clinician-scientists and clinicians at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. She is part of the SPRING RCT team which assesses if probiotics can prevent gestational diabetes mellitus in overweight and obese women. Marloes is a scientific representative on the SOMANZ council.


Microbiome in Pregnancy

Multiple bacterial species inhabit the human gastrointestinal tract. Variations in the gut microbiome have been associated with abnormal host metabolism and adverse health outcomes, including dyslipidaemia, diabetes mellitus and hypertension. It is possible that changing the gut microbiome may offer a way to improve host metabolism. This presentation will discuss the evidence for the role of the gut microbiome in influencing pregnancy outcomes and the clinical studies of probiotic supplementation in pregnancy.