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ISAPP Newsletter – December 2021


With 2021 coming to an end, ISAPP Executive Science Officer Dr. Mary Ellen Sanders reflects on the major developments of the past year and looks at what's in store for ISAPP in 2022.

In another post, we feature a Q&A about a European regulatory opinion pertaining to pasteurized Akkermansia muciniphila. 

The next two posts cover vaginal health and the microbiota: first, a post from one of our Students and Fellows Association members on novel probiotics for bacterial vaginosis in South African women, and second, an update from Prof. Sarah Lebeer’s exciting citizen science project on the vaginal microbiota in participants from Belgium.

Prof. Bob Hutkins offers a 40-year perspective on how research on fermented foods and awareness of fermented foods have advanced. And Prof. Hutkins will co-present with Prof. Kelly Swanson in an upcoming ISAPP webinar on the topic of synbiotics, January 28th. Find out how to register for this free event below.

Our featured resource is our top-viewed video of the year on our YouTube channel: “What is a probiotic?”

A note for members of ISAPP's Students and Fellows Association (SFA): remember that abstract submission for the ISAPP annual meeting in Sitges, Barcelona, Spain, is open until December 23, 2021. Find out more here.

ISAPP wishes all of you a wonderful 2022!

ISAPP’s 2021 year in review

 
What were the major developments in probiotics, prebiotics and related fields this year? Dr. Mary Ellen Sanders gives an overview in this 'year in review' post and looks ahead to what 2022 may bring for ISAPP.
 

Pasteurized Akkermansia muciniphila as a postbiotic: EFSA approval and beyond

 
Here, Prof. Seppo Salminen shares a Q&A with the scientists who worked to elucidate the health benefits of pasteurized Akkermansia muciniphila and sought an opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on its safe use as a novel food.
 
Developing a standardized model for testing novel probiotics for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis in South African women

Developing a standardized model for testing novel probiotics for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis in South African women

 
The latest post in the ISAPP SFA series on probiotic & prebiotic research in Africa is by Davina-Nelson Apiyo of the University of Cape Town, South Africa. The post describes work on a standardized in vitro model for testing live microorganisms with the goal of developing a region-specific probiotic that reduces the recurrence of bacterial vaginosis in South African women.
 
Lactobacilli dominate the vagina in Belgian women

Lactobacilli dominate the vagina in Belgian women

 
See this blog post from ISAPP board member, Prof. Sarah Lebeer, describing her lab's citizen science project that aimed to characterize the vaginal microbiota in Belgian women. After setting out to get a few hundred samples, she ended up with over 3000 participants. Read about the project's initial findings here.
 
Research on the microbiome and health benefits of fermented foods – a 40 year perspective

Research on the microbiome and health benefits of fermented foods – a 40 year perspective

 
Prof. Bob Hutkins remembers a time when not many people knew what fermented foods were, and when the science was just gaining momentum. In this blog post, Hutkins -- the author of a popular fermented foods textbook -- gives a 40-year perspective on how the science on fermented foods has continued to progress.
 
ISAPP board members to give a scientific overview of synbiotics in upcoming webinar

ISAPP board members to give a scientific overview of synbiotics in upcoming webinar

 
The next ISAPP webinar is open to all! Sign up now for this webinar on synbiotics by two leading scientific experts and ISAPP board members, who also co-authored the scientific consensus definition in 2020.
 
ISAPP educational videos

ISAPP educational videos

 
ISAPP’s most popular video for 2021 gets back to the basics: “What is a probiotic?” See here for ISAPP’s educational videos aimed at consumers and patients.
 
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