Nutrition Winter Webinar 2022

The first online webinar organized by Nutrition Winter School on 25th of January 2022.

Time: 14 - 16.30 (UCT +2)

Place:  Zoom Conference

Register here:

- Admission free.


The programme:


14-14.15 Welcome and information on Nutrition Winter School

14.15-14.45 NUTRITION AND COVID-19. Professor Ursula Schwab, University of Eastern Finland.

14.45-15.15 VITAMIN D, IMMUNE HEALTH AND COVID-19. Professor Martin Hewison, University of Birmingham.

15.15-15.45 PRO­BI­OT­ICS, THE NASOPHARYN­GEAL MI­CRO­BI­OME AND SARS-COV-2. Professor Sarah Lebeer, University of Antwerp.

15.45-15.55 break

15.55-16.30 Detailed information about the upcoming Nutrition Winter School 2023, which will take place 23.-27.1.2023 in the Finnish Lapland



Speakers and topics


Professor Ursula Schwab

Nutrition in covid-19


Professor Ursula Schwab works as a Professor in Nutrition Therapy at the University of Eastern Finland. In addition to teaching and research she also works as a part time clinical nutritionist at the Kuopion University Hospital.

Her expertise is in planning and conducting randomized controlled dietary interventions regarding e.g. the effects of dietary fat and the healthy Nordic dietary pattern on lipid and glucose metabolism including nutrigenomics, lipidomics and metabolomics approaches.

She is currently involved in the updating of the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations, and is a member of the expertise group of several national good practice guidelines.



Professor Martin Hewison

Vitamin D, immune health, and covid-19


Professor Martin Hewison is Professor of Molecular Endocrinology at the University of Birmingham. He has published over 250 research papers on vitamin D and human health, particularly vitamin D and immunity.  

Prof. Hewison is a recipient of a Royal Society Wolfson Fellowship. His research is funded by the MRC, BBSRC, and NIH. 



Probiotics, the nasopharyngeal microbiome and SARS-CoV-2



Professor Sarah Lebeer is a microbiologist and research professor at the Department of Bioscience Engineering  of the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Sarah Lebeer has studied bioscience engineering, with a specialisation in cell and gene technology and obtained her Master at KU Leuven (Belgium) in July 2004. She obtained a PhD scholarship from the Fund for Scientific Research (FWO) and choose the Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics (CMPG) (KU Leuven) and the team of Prof. Jos Vanderleyden for a topic on implementing genetics to study the mode of action of gastro-intestinal probiotics in inflammatory bowel diseases. She then continued on a postdoc on the interaction between vaginal lactobacilli and viruses, and further specialized in mucosal immunology, in collaboration with Prof. D. Schols and Prof. Balzarini. In 2011, she was offered a tenure track position as the University of Antwerp, where she set up the Laboratory for Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology of the ENdEMIC research group. The major research topics of prof. Lebeer are all centred around applications of beneficial bacteria and microbiome research, with a strong focus on lactobacilli. Prof. Lebeer studies the interaction mechanisms between bacteria and humans in order to develop microbiological alternatives for antibiotics such as probiotics. In 2020, she was awarded with an ERC Starting Grant that enables her to gain more in-depth knowledge of the evolutionary history and ecology of lactobacilli ( One of the highlights of this ERC project is the Citizen Science project Isala on the female microbiome (