Update April 16, 2018: Recording and slides from the webinar available here.
The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP), in partnership with the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Europe’s Prebiotics and Functional Foods Task Forces, has jointly organized a free webinar, titled “Microbial Metabolism Associated with Health”. The webinar runs April 12th, 2018 at 15:00 CET, and will highlight recent activities of both ISAPP and ILSI on the beneficial aspects of gut microbial fermentation. The specific focus will be on gut microbiota functions, the effects of the intestinal microbiota on selected nutrients and non-nutrients, and the health benefits of fermented foods. Scientists from both academia and industry may find the webinar of interest. Sign up here.
Webinar participants will learn the status of the science making the links between live microorganisms in the diet and host health. The host gut microbiota is a key factor in determining gut function, nutritional status, biochemical transformations of food and the overall impact on health. This diverse microbial community inhabiting the human gut assists in food metabolism and contributes to the bio-availability of nutrients and non-nutrients; it also has an extensive metabolic repertoire that complements mammalian enzymes in the liver and gut mucosa. Microbial metabolism is an important factor to consider when discussing the management of host health and conditions such as obesity and metabolic syndrome.
The enhanced nutritional and functional properties of fermented foods are being increasingly recognized; not only do microbes transform the substrates and form bioactive or bioavailable end-products, but also, fermented foods contain live microorganisms genetically similar to the strains found in probiotics. The webinar will cover the possible interactions of fermented foods and beverages with the gut microbiota, and potential links to health.
The 90-minute live webinar will be hosted on StreamGo, and will include a question and answer period at the end. There is no cost; however, participants are required to register online beforehand.
- Effects of the Intestinal Microbiota on Selected Dietary Components
a) Introduction and Background to the Activity (Dr. Colette Shortt, Johnson & Johnson, UK)
b) Impact of Intestinal Metabolism and Findings (Prof. Ian Rowland, University of Reading, UK)
- Health Benefits of Fermented Foods: Microbiota and Beyond (Prof. Robert Hutkins, University of Nebraska, USA)
Publications from ISAPP and ILSI-Europe related to the webinar topics:
- Systemic review of the effects of the intestinal microbiota on selected nutrients and non-nutrients. Colette Shortt et al. 2018.
- Gut microbiota functions: metabolism of nutrients and other food components. Ian Roland et al. 2017.
- Health benefits of fermented foods: microbiota and beyond. Maria L Marco et al (including Robert Hutkins). 2017.