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ISAPP Newsletter – March 19, 2020

This newsletter comes at a time when many of us are feeling the local effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, the way we live and work may have changed dramatically over the past few weeks—but through these uncertain times, being connected with a supportive community of colleagues helps maintain a sense of purpose. At ISAPP, we draw strength from the knowledge that our digitally-connected community extends across the geographies that physically separate us.

Below you can read a blog post written by Prof. Glenn Gibson on the possible connection between gut health and Covid-19 infection, and on some exciting demonstrations of awareness on the part of the UK Government, MPs, and Lords around probiotics, prebiotics, and ISAPP's activities.

We also include two blog posts covering the latest research on intestinal gas and gut microbiota, including the potential effects of probiotics and diet.

For those wondering about the by-invitation-only ISAPP annual meeting scheduled for June: the board of directors and conference planning committee are currently monitoring the COVID-19 situation and its implications for the meeting. By April 30, 2020, they will announce a final decision.

Can probiotics and prebiotics go viral?

ISAPP board member Prof. Glenn Gibson has been following the developments related to Covid-19, and has written this up-to-the-moment blog post sharing his thoughts. In this piece, he describes his take-away messages from the scientific work hinting at a connection between gut microbiota and Covid-19 infection, and outlines recent efforts to raise awareness in the UK around probiotics, prebiotics, and the work of ISAPP.

The science on gut microbiota and intestinal gas: Everything you wanted to know but didn’t want to ask

This post is a Q&A with a world expert in the research on intestinal gas, Dr. Fernando Azpiroz, Chief of Gastrointestinal Research at the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute and Professor of Medicine, Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain). Read what Dr. Azpiroz has to say on a number of important topics: Do gut microbes contribute to intestinal gas? When does gas become a problem? And what do we know about how to manipulate symptoms of gas through diet?

Got gas? Blame it on your bacteria

Still on the topic of intestinal gas: we’ve gone into our blog archives and found ISAPP’s most viewed blog post of all time! Here it is: a post by board member Prof. Robert Hutkins, with an accessible take on how gut microbiota contribute to the production of intestinal gas.
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