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ISAPP Newsletter – May 19, 2020

Our May newsletter begins with two items about COVID-19: a clear public statement from our board members about the science on probiotics and prebiotics for viral infections and for COVID-19 disease specifically, and a roundup of probiotic scientists worldwide who are contributing to efforts against SARS-CoV-2.

Next, read about a new publication co-authored by ISAPP board members Mary Ellen Sanders and Dan Merenstein, along with biostatician Dan Tancredi, which provides primary care physicians a summary of information on the evidence base for probiotic use.

See ISAPP’s two infographics on the changes to Lactobacillus taxonomy. The landmark paper describing the overhaul of the taxonomy of the genus was published last month.

Below you can also find information about an upcoming webinar on fermented foods, presented by ISAPP in partnership with British Nutrition Foundation.

To all ISAPP industry members and to those previously scheduled to attend the ISAPP annual meeting: please check your email for information on this year’s virtual meeting program. The event will be a combination of live events and recorded talks. Remember, you need to register by Monday, May 25th to access the live virtual events, being held June 2nd and 3rd! We look forward to connecting with our community at this online event.

ISAPP provides guidance on use of probiotics and prebiotics in time of COVID-19

Amid public speculation about whether probiotics and prebiotics have the ability to prevent or treat COVID-19 disease, ISAPP board members weigh in with a public statement clarifying what is known about probiotics or prebiotics for COVID-19. The board members also offer recommendations for increasing the evidence base on these interventions.

How some probiotic scientists are working to address COVID-19

Looking for some positive news related to COVID-19? This blog post profiles several probiotic scientists who are studying—or proposing—effective ways of preventing or treating viral infections and may end up contributing to progress against SARS-CoV-2. These projects range from probiotic interventions in caregivers of those with COVID-19, to vaccine development using engineered lactobacilli.

New publication gives a rundown on probiotics for primary care physicians

Primary care physicians may receive many questions about probiotics from their patients, but lack time to familiarize themselves with the literature. This new publication in Journal of Family Practice, authored by ISAPP board members Daniel J. Merenstein and Mary Ellen Sanders, along with Daniel J. Tancredi, gives an overview of probiotic evidence by indication and offers helpful tips for clinical practice.

ISAPP presents two infographics on new probiotic names: Lactobacillus

If you need a quick rundown on the recent changes to Lactobacillus taxonomy, including the important probiotic species that have undergone name changes, check out the two new ISAPP infographics—one for consumers and the other for scientists.

ISAPP partners with British Nutrition Foundation for fermented foods webinar

Are you one of the many people around the world who has started to experiment with fermented foods at home during the COVID-19 pandemic? To provide answers about the science and health benefits of fermented foods, ISAPP is pleased to partner with the British Nutrition Foundation for a free July 1st webinar aimed at dietitians and nutrition-savvy members of the public.
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