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ISAPP Newsletter – September 19, 2020


The big news for ISAPP in the past month was the much-anticipated publication of the scientific consensus definition of “synbiotics” in Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology. A group of eleven experts from different areas of expertise collaborated on the publication—which helps establish a foundation for studying synbiotics and their health benefits in the years to come.

This newsletter also features a summary of a scientific issue that has taken on greater importance in the context of this global pandemic: the relationship of the resident microbiota to viral infections. Also see our blog post covering what’s new in infant formula ingredients and technologies, including probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, and postbiotics; and read about a recent webinar on probiotic mechanisms of action, presented by ISAPP and ILSI.

Finally, by special request, we share a presentation from our virtual annual meeting: Prof. Jens Walter of APC Microbiome Ireland speaking on Precision microbiome modulation through discrete chemical carbohydrate structures.

New synbiotic definition lays the groundwork for continued scientific progress

New synbiotic definition lays the groundwork for continued scientific progress

 
In May 2019, ISAPP convened a panel to discuss the scientific definition and scope of the word “synbiotic”. The resulting paper, led by Prof. Kelly Swanson (now an ISAPP board member), has now been published in Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology. See this blog post by the ISAPP-linked co-authors of the paper, which gives the rationale for the definition and summarizes the implications for future scientific studies on synbiotics. The ISAPP press release on the publication can be found here. Also check out our new synbiotics infographic here.
 
Can the microbiota help protect against viral infections? Summary of an ISAPP discussion group

Can the microbiota help protect against viral infections? Summary of an ISAPP discussion group

 
At the ISAPP virtual annual meeting earlier this year, board members Prof. Sarah Lebeer and Dr. Karen Scott led a group of over 80 scientists in a discussion of what we know about how the body’s resident bacteria could protect against viral infections. Five take-home points are summarized here.
 
New publication co-authored by ISAPP board members gives an overview of probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, and postbiotics in infant formula

New publication co-authored by ISAPP board members gives an overview of probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, and postbiotics in infant formula

 
How can scientists create infant formula that better approximates the ‘gold standard’ of breast milk? This blog post highlights a review co-authored by three ISAPP board members, focusing on some of the important components of human milk and the novel ingredients that can be added to infant formula in order to imitate them.
 

ISAPP-ILSI webinar covering probiotic and prebiotic mechanisms of action


Did you catch the recent ISAPP-ILSI webinar on probiotic and prebiotic mechanisms of action? The event was held live on September 17th, with 358 people tuning in from 56 countries to hear about different aspects of the basic science. Read more on the webinar in this blog post – and we’ll be adding the link to the recorded event, which should be available early next week.
 

Precision approaches to microbiota modulation: Using specific fiber structures to direct the gut microbial ecosystem for better health

 
Leading scientists are investigating how an 'ecological framework' can inform how they attempt to modulate the complex community of microbes in the gut. In a lecture at the virtual ISAPP 2020 annual meeting, Prof. Jens Walter of APC Microbiome Ireland showed a proof of concept for manipulating the gut microbiota through dietary carbohydrates with discrete chemical structures. Read about the presentation and link to the full version in this post.
 
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