What happens to ingested microbes?

15 Apr 2015

by Kristina Campbell

Bacteria in food, including probiotics, are a major environmental source of microbes in the human body.

Lora Hooper is a professor in the Department of Immunology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas), and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Her lab studies immune mechanisms that prevent bacteria from crossing intestinal barriers and entering host tissues.

Quality matters in probiotic products

7 Jan 2015

by Mary Ellen Sanders

When treating vulnerable populations with probiotics in research and clinical practice, the quality of probiotic products is important because the stakes are high.

Dr. W. Allan Walker of Harvard Medical School was the chair of the organizing committee for the 2014 Harvard Probiotics Symposium. He caught up with Gut Microbiota for Health after the conference to give an overview of the event. See

Dr. Josef Neu is a neonatologist and pediatrician, as well as an associate professor at the University of Florida. He researches developmental gastroenterology and neonatal nutrition. He sat down with Gut Microbiota for Health at the Harvard Probiotics Symposium 2014, after