April 1, 2010

The American Society for Nutrition in partnership with the American Academy of Family Physicians will present a free webinar on nutrition and digestive health (July 14).

March 31, 2010

At the 7th annual meeting of ISAPP this past November, a student/fellow association (SFA) of ISAPP was founded. Under the insightful leadership of Delphine Saulnier, the organization has approved a constitution and started a website and Facebook page and proposed many additional activities. See http://www.isapp-sfa.com/ for information.

March 25, 2010

New book edited by Åsa Ljungh and Torkel Wadström titled Lactobacillus Molecular Biology: From Genomics to Probiotics is now available from Caister Academic Press. Reviews and contents.

February 18, 2010

Third India Probiotics Symposium: “Probiotic Foods in Health and Disease”, held November 21-22, 2009, in New Delhi, featuring keynote address by ISAPP Past President,
Gregor Reid. Webcast

February 15, 2010

A report was issued by 9 European scientific experts in the field of probiotics on “Current level of consensus on probiotic science-Report of an expert meeting.” This report summarizes conclusions of a meeting held in London, 23 November 2009. Download report.

January 30, 2010

The Global Health Program on Infectious Diseases group within the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation convened an exploratory session January 22-26 in London UK to discuss evaluation of probiotics for the prevention and treatment of enteric and diarrheal diseases in children in developing countries. The purpose of the meeting was to explore the underlying science and potential directions forward. Nineteen scientists, including ISAPP’s President, Glenn Gibson, and Executive Director, Mary Ellen Sanders, were invited to meet with Foundation representatives to explore the risks and benefits of investment in this application for probiotics.

January 12, 2010

The British Medical Journal (BMJ 2010;340:c77) summarized an investigation into the Utrecht pancreatitis study (Lancet 2008, 371:651-9) by 3 agencies, the Dutch Healthcare Inspectorate, the Central Commission on Research Involving Human Participants, and the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority. They concluded that the study procedures were flawed, especially as related to reporting of adverse events, but that there was no causal link between procedural flaws and higher number of deaths in the probiotic consumption group.

December 30, 2009

International Dairy Federation announces opening of 2010 Elie Metchnikoff Prize. This prize, co-sponsored by ISAPP, celebrates innovative ideas in the area of fermented milks. Information.

November 30, 2009

Institut Rosell, in partnership with the American Gastroenterological Association Institute, will be offering cash prizes for student research abstracts focusing on probiotics. The Institut Rosell Probiotics Challenge is open to students at a recognized college or university who submit a probiotics-related abstract to the AGA annual meeting, DDW 2011.

November 16, 2009

World Gastroenterology Organisation Practice Guideline on Probiotics and Prebiotics, initially issued in May 2008, are now available in six languages, including Chinese and Russian

November 10, 2009

The Global Probiotics Council has announced the third year of the Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research. The two annual grants of $50,000 each are designed to contribute to the advancement of probiotics and gastrointestinal microbiota research in the United States. Application procedures and additional details on the program can be found at www.probioticsresearch.com

October 19, 2009

The World Gastroenterology Organisation has launched a website with ’embedded’ search strategies you can use to easily find the latest evidence on probiotics.

October 19, 2009

As a follow up to the Health Canada release on April 22, 2009, of the guidance document “The Use of Probiotic Microorganisms in Food”, a Guide has been released by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to assist industries efforts on compliance on labels, advertisements and web sites. The updated Guide also includes a list of probiotic claims that are considered acceptable on food, without the need for further substantiation by the manufacturer or importer, along with conditions for their use. CFIA press release. Guidance document ‘The Use of Probiotic Microorganisms in Food.’

October 2, 2009

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently rejected several efficacy claims for probiotics. ISAPP responds.

October 2, 2009

Systematic review of probiotic safety commissioned by several US agencies. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) are co-sponsoring a systematic review of probiotic safety, Safety of Probiotics Used to Reduce Risk and Prevent or Treat Disease. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. Review protocol synopsis.

October 1, 2009

Dr. Gregor Reid, ISAPP President, Director of the Canadian Research & Development Centre for Probiotics, and Assistant Director at Lawson Health Research Institute
was inducted to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) in recognition of achievement in academic health sciences in Canada. Announcement.

September 15, 2009

No link between probiotics and obesity:
ISAPP responds
to Nature Reviews Microbiology letter by Raoult.

August 24, 2009

A new journal, Functional Foods Reviews, publishes an open-access, probiotic review.
Sanders (Probiotic definition)

August 5, 2009

The American Academy of Physicians Assistants launched a webcast from a symposium “The Health Benefits of Probiotics” that was presented at their annual meeting in May 2009.

July 13, 2009

Canadian Microbiome Initiative. The CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity is pleased to announce the launch of the Emerging Team Grant: Canadian Microbiome Initiative (CMI). This initiative will provide an opportunity for multidisciplinary teams of Canadian researchers to analyze and characterize the microbes that colonize the human body.

May 26, 2009

ISAPP Board of Directors member, Dr. Todd Klaenhammer, received the University of North Carolina Board of Governors’ highest faculty honor on May 8. The Board of Governors of the multi-campus University of North Carolina honored Dr. Klaenhammer with the O. Max Gardner Award, which since 1949 honors faculty who have “made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race.” Press release. 10-min video/podcast.

May 25, 2009

ISAPP’s president, Dr. Gregor Reid, named as inaugural chair in Human Microbiology and Probiotics at Lawson Health Research Institute, made possible by a $7 million investment by Danone Research. Press release.

May 20, 2009

Health Canada prepares monograph on probiotics as a guide to industry for natural health product market authorization of probiotic products. Download monograph.

April 30, 2009

Norwegian Food Safety Authority recommends against use of probiotics in critically ill patients. Download opinion.