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ISAPP Newsletter – August 2021


ISAPP’s most recent scientific consensus definition, on the concept of postbiotics, continues to spark interesting discussions across the field. In a blog post below, ISAPP board member Dr. Gabriel Vinderola addresses whether bacterial vesicles fall into the category of postbiotics.

This month the ISAPP Students and Fellows Association (SFA) has launched a series of blog posts that will highlight prebiotic, probiotic and related research conducted by SFA fellows based in Africa. Check out the first post of the series below. If you are a member of SFA and are interested in contributing to this series, reach out to anna.happel@uct.ac.za

This newsletter also features a post by Victoria Onwuliri of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria, summarizing her presentation at the ISAPP annual meeting, which covered a study on a probiotic topical cream for malodor.

The potential probiotic effects of gut fungi are increasingly of interest academically, commercially and clinically -- so ISAPP recently brought together six experts for a virtual mini-symposium on the gut mycobiome. The archived webinar is linked below for on-demand viewing.

Bacterial vesicles: Emerging potential postbiotics

 
Bacterial extracellular membrane vesicles were not specifically mentioned in the recently published postbiotic definition. Can these vesicles qualify as postbiotics, and what are the possibilities for using them to improve human health? Find out in this blog post by ISAPP board member Dr. Gabriel Vinderola.
 

Showcasing probiotic, prebiotic and related research from African scientists - Part 1

 
The ISAPP Students and Fellows Association (SFA) is pleased to launch a series of blog posts focusing specifically on probiotic and prebiotic research projects in African countries. In this first post of the series, former SFA president Anna-Ursula Happel explains the importance of building leadership and omics capacity among African students, and describes two current African-led research initiatives related to probiotics and fermented foods.
 

Can control of body malodor using probiotic topical cream be considered as a health benefit?

 
Can topical probiotics for the skin help control malodor -- and if so, could this be considered a 'health benefit'? Read about a study from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria, which examined the potential of an axillary probiotic intervention for controlling malodor.
 

The human mycobiome: An ISAPP mini-symposium


What are the functions of fungi in the gut? Is Candida really responsible for negative effects on health? These questions and more were answered by experts in ISAPP’s recent mini-symposium on the human mycobiome. Here you can view the archived webinar, featuring six short lectures. The mini-symposium was hosted by ISAPP board members Mary Ellen Sanders & Eamonn Quigley, with presentations by Pauline Scanlan, Heather Hallen-Adams, Iliyan Iliev, Joseph Petrosino, Eamonn Quigley and Frank Schuren.
 
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