ISAPP Newsletter – July 2022
After the productive in-person annual meeting in June, ISAPP board members and collaborators are busy working on several new papers and other initiatives to advance the science of probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, postbiotics and fermented foods.
One of the most popular sessions at the annual meeting was the debate led by Prof. Colin Hill PhD, on the topic of whether all probiotic effects must be considered strain-specific. In the course of the debate, the panel raised the fundamental question “what is a strain?” A new blog post examines this question and why it’s so difficult to answer.
Prof. Dan Merenstein MD and Dr. Maria Carmen Collado PhD take a close look at the evidence used in a Cochrane review on probiotic safety in pregnancy, and provide their perspective on whether certain strains of probiotics may be contraindicated for pregnant women.
In another post, Prof. Hania Szajewska MD summarizes the research on how Cesarean sections (C-sections) affect the gut microbiota in early life and possibly affect health later on. She also covers the various proposed ways to ‘restore’ the gut microbiota of the infant after C-section birth.
Check out highlights from the 2022 ISAPP annual meeting. Both the general meeting report and the ISAPP Students and Fellows Association (SFA) meeting report are now available.
Sign up now for the next ISAPP webinar: Human milk oligosaccharides: Prebiotics in a class of their own? to be held on October 19, 2022.
Our featured resource this month is a new podcast episode with Prof. Sarah Lebeer PhD, which gives an overview of the five main mechanisms of action for probiotics.