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ISAPP Newsletter – May 2022

ISAPP now has a podcast! Two episodes have been posted and new ones will appear twice per month. In The Science, Microbes and Health Podcast, hosts Prof. Colin Hill PhD and Prof. Dan Tancredi PhD talk with experts about various topics related to the science of all the 'biotics' and fermented foods.

Check out the latest peer-reviewed publication led by ISAPP: an analysis of the live microorganisms consumed daily in the US diet.

Our latest blog post summarizes current scientific evidence around polyphenols as potential prebiotic substances.

ISAPP developed two continuing education opportunities for dietitians to learn about probiotics, fermented foods and more. See below for information on our fermented foods webinar and our probiotics and prebiotics continuing study course, both offered with Today's Dietitian.

An additional learning opportunity on July 21st, shared below, covers how to understand the design and results of gut microbiome clinical trials, and an open forum on June 16th discusses comparison of probiotic plate count methods.

See ISAPP's annual report, now available online, for a quick overview of the organization's activities in the year 2021.

Our featured resource this month is our set of infographics on how to read a probiotic label. They’re ideal for displaying in a pharmacy or wherever probiotic products are sold.

As ISAPP board members, industry members and invited experts prepare for our annual meeting in June, stay tuned for updates on ISAPP activities and new digital content.

The Science, Microbes & Health podcast

The ISAPP board and communications team is happy to announce the launch of The Science, Microbes & Health Podcast. This podcast covers emerging topics and challenges in the science of probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, postbiotics and fermented foods. Our first two episodes feature interviews with board members Prof. Bob Hutkins and Prof. Maria Marco, respectively. Watch for a new episode every two weeks.
Quantifying the live microbes on your plate

Quantifying the live microbes in the American diet

An ISAPP-coordinated and -funded project on live dietary microbes has led to a newly published paper in the Journal of Nutrition. The paper quantifies live microorganisms consumed daily in the US diet, as a first step toward understanding the role of dietary microbes in health.

Do polyphenols qualify as prebiotics? The latest scientific perspectives

When the ISAPP scientific consensus paper on prebiotics was published in 2017, the co-authors included polyphenols as potential prebiotic substances. This blog post gives an update on what we know about how polyphenols are impacted by the human gut microbiota, what health effects they may confer and whether the latest evidence supports their inclusion in the prebiotic category.
Fermented Foods and Health — Does Today's Science Support Yesterday's Tradition?

Continuing Education Opportunities for Dietitians

If you're a dietitian looking for continuing education opportunities related to probiotics, prebiotics, fermented foods and more, check out ISAPP's webinar presented with Today’s Dietitian called “Fermented Foods and Health — Does Today’s Science Support Yesterday’s Tradition?” This activity is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for 1.0 CPEUs for dietitians. The webinar complements ISAPP's self-study activity worth 2.0 CPEUs, "Evidence-based use of probiotics, prebiotics and fermented foods for digestive health", accessible here through November, 2023.

Webinar: "Crash Course" on Design and Interpretation of Gut Microbiome Research

This free webinar, offered by the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences (IAFNS), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), and American Society for Nutrition (ASN), covers the fundamentals of research design and interpretation for gut microbiome science. It also presents important elements to consider when interpreting and applying gut microbiome research. The webinar will be held July 21st at 8:00 am Eastern time, and is accredited for 1.0 CPEs for dietitians.

US Pharmacopoeia's Open Forum on “Comparing Probiotic Plate Count Methods”

A free Open Forum event will introduce the USP approach to probiotic enumeration method and provide tools for qualifying and comparing different CFU enumeration procedures. The interactive event will be held virtually on June 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time. 

ISAPP Annual Report 2021

Are you curious about what ISAPP accomplished in the year 2021? Our annual meeting report is now available to view on our website.

ISAPP Infographic: Deciphering a Probiotic Label

This month we are highlighting our set of ISAPP infographics on how to read a probiotic label. A US and a European version are available in English, with Turkish, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish translations also on our website. These infographics can help retailers choose which probiotics to carry on their shelves, and they're also ideal for displaying in places where probiotic products are available.
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