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ISAPP Newsletter – May 2021


Only two days remain to register for the ISAPP annual meeting! Don’t miss out on your chance to connect with the ISAPP community and learn about hot topics in probiotic & prebiotic science, including the microbiota-gut-brain axis. All are welcome to register for the open portion of the program here. A notable mention also goes out to the following SFA members awarded a presentation slot for the upcoming 2021 virtual ISAPP meeting: Dr. Irina Spacova and Dr. Ilke De Boeck (University of Antwerp, Belgium), Ana Rita da Silva Ferreira (University of Groningen, Netherlands), Victoria Onwuliri (Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria), and Dr. Shirin Moossavi (University of Calgary, Canada).

Below, you can read about another upcoming ISAPP event – on July 1st, a mini-symposium on gut fungi and their role in human health.

The big news this month was the publication of the ISAPP-led international scientific consensus definition on postbiotics! Below you will find an ISAPP blog post covering the main points of this paper, and a roundup of the ISAPP-led ‘biotics’ definitions to date.

The next blog post features work by ISAPP President Prof. Seppo Salminen & colleagues, on how a canine probiotic affects the dog as well as the children in a household.

New on the ISAPP Students and Fellows Association (SFA) blog this month, Shaeley Gibbons (MSc student, Western University, Canada) shares her experiences entering graduate school in 2020 and discusses the unique challenges COVID-19 has presented for clinical research-based thesis programs. This represents part one of an ongoing blog series focused on graduate school experiences of SFA members during the pandemic so far – stay tuned for more to come! 

Finally, check out a new post by Dr. Marla Cunningham, covering whether new product formats require new clinical trials.

The Human Mycobiome: An ISAPP mini-symposium

The Human Mycobiome: An ISAPP mini-symposium

 
How do fungal members of the gut microbiome contribute to health? Join leading experts for an ISAPP webinar on the human mycobiome, covering the growing evidence linking gut fungi to chronic inflammatory diseases. The webinar will be held July 1, 2021. Registration is now open.
 
Behind the publication: Understanding ISAPP’s new scientific consensus definition of postbiotics

Behind the publication: Understanding ISAPP’s new scientific consensus definition of postbiotics

 
The scientific consensus definition of postbiotics is now published! Our blog post features a Q&A with the ISAPP-linked authors of the paper. Find the accompanying press release here.
 
A roundup of the ISAPP consensus definitions: probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, postbiotics and fermented foods

A roundup of the ISAPP consensus definitions: probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, postbiotics and fermented foods

 
Over the past 8 years, ISAPP has worked to develop and publish 5 international scientific consensus definitions: probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, postbiotics and fermented foods. These are among the most viewed articles in the journal Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology. In this blog post, ISAPP’s Executive Science Officer Dr. Mary Ellen Sanders summarizes these definitions and highlights their key elements. We recommend bookmarking this page for future reference!
 
Children and dogs in a household share gut microbes – and these microbes are modified by a canine probiotic

Children and dogs in a household share gut microbes – and these microbes are modified by a canine probiotic


New research from ISAPP board member Prof. Seppo Salminen and colleagues investigated the impact of a household dog on children’s gut microbiota, both before and after the dogs were given a canine probiotic. Learn about this intriguing study here.
 
My experience starting graduate student ft. COVID-19

My experience starting graduate student, featuring COVID-19


This new post from the ISAPP Students and Fellows Association blog describes how COVID-19 has affected the experiences of one new graduate student and the research community in general.
 
Do new product formats need new clinical trials?

Do new product formats need new clinical trials?


This blog post is based on a recently published paper that emerged from an ISAPP discussion group at our Antwerp, 2019 meeting. Dr. Marla Cunningham addresses the question: if a probiotic strain is incorporated into a different matrix from the one tested in a clinical trial, would we expect it to have the same health benefits?
 
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