Between 1993 and 2005, an estimated 600 million children across the globe were diagnosed with anaemia, a disorder often caused by poor bioavailability of dietary iron resulting from malnutrition. Strategies to reduce mortality in children, especially those from low-income countries, are of the utmost importance. Iron supplementation is an obvious approach, but adverse side-effects from high-dose iron supplements have been widely reported. Lately, the addition of prebiotics and probiotics has proven to be effective for treating anaemia and is expected to treat many other diseases in the near future.
After obtaining her MSc in Microbiology and Immunology from ETH Zurich, Bhavna continued her academic experience as a Junior Researcher in Milan to gain a deeper understanding of regulatory T cells involved in cancer and autoimmune diseases. Bhavna currently works in the Scientific Affairs department in Lugano, Switzerland. She strongly believes that adequately educating the public on complex medical and scientific matters is of utmost importance for the progression of our society.