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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 our additional coverage of the Harvard Probiotics Symposium here. What is the value of an event like the Harvard Probiotics Symposium?…

Kristina Campbell
Science writer Kristina Campbell (M.Sc.), from British Columbia (Canada), specializes in communicating about the gut microbiota, digestive health, and nutrition. Author of the best selling Well-Fed Microbiome Cookbook, her freelance work has appeared in publications around the world. Kristina joined the Gut Microbiota for Health publishing team in 2014.  Find her on: GoogleTwitter

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 our additional coverage of the Harvard Probiotics Symposium here. What is the value of an event like the Harvard Probiotics Symposium?…

Kristina Campbell
Science writer Kristina Campbell (M.Sc.), from British Columbia (Canada), specializes in communicating about the gut microbiota, digestive health, and nutrition. Author of the best selling Well-Fed Microbiome Cookbook, her freelance work has appeared in publications around the world. Kristina joined the Gut Microbiota for Health publishing team in 2014.  Find her on: GoogleTwitter

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 his presentation: The Perinatal Microbiome: Implications for Health and Disease. What struck you during the Harvard Probiotics Symposium sessions? I…

Kristina Campbell
Science writer Kristina Campbell (M.Sc.), from British Columbia (Canada), specializes in communicating about the gut microbiota, digestive health, and nutrition. Author of the best selling Well-Fed Microbiome Cookbook, her freelance work has appeared in publications around the world. Kristina joined the Gut Microbiota for Health publishing team in 2014.  Find her on: GoogleTwitter

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 his presentation: The Perinatal Microbiome: Implications for Health and Disease. What struck you during the Harvard Probiotics Symposium sessions? I…

Kristina Campbell
Science writer Kristina Campbell (M.Sc.), from British Columbia (Canada), specializes in communicating about the gut microbiota, digestive health, and nutrition. Author of the best selling Well-Fed Microbiome Cookbook, her freelance work has appeared in publications around the world. Kristina joined the Gut Microbiota for Health publishing team in 2014.  Find her on: GoogleTwitter

In a previous GMFH article, ‘PROBIOTICS’ PART I: A BRANCHING DEFINITION, we covered recent updates to the definition of probiotics as discussed at the October 2013 meeting organized by The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP). Three of the scientific experts on the ISAPP panel – Dr. Francisco Guarner (University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain), Dr. Mary Ellen…

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In a previous GMFH article, ‘PROBIOTICS’ PART I: A BRANCHING DEFINITION, we covered recent updates to the definition of probiotics as discussed at the October 2013 meeting organized by The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP). Three of the scientific experts on the ISAPP panel – Dr. Francisco Guarner (University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain), Dr. Mary Ellen…

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Probiotics have a well-known definition that has been cited for over a decade: ‘Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host’. Written in a 2001 joint report of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (FAO/WHO), it is a definition that served well at the time,…

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Probiotics have a well-known definition that has been cited for over a decade: ‘Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host’. Written in a 2001 joint report of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (FAO/WHO), it is a definition that served well at the time,…

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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 our additional coverage of the Harvard Probiotics Symposium here. What is the value of an event like the Harvard Probiotics Symposium? First of all, as far as I know there’s never been another probiotics symposium that covers the life spectrum, so I think that was very good. Secondly, we tried very hard to get the absolute authorities in the field… You probably appreciated the quality of the presentations. By getting that…

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…

In a previous GMFH article, ‘PROBIOTICS’ PART I: A BRANCHING DEFINITION, we covered recent updates to the definition of probiotics as discussed at the October 2013 meeting organized by The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP). Three of the scientific experts on the ISAPP panel – Dr. Francisco Guarner (University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain), Dr. Mary Ellen Sanders (Dairy & Food Culture Technologies, Colorado, USA), and Dr. Lorenzo Morelli (Istituto di Microbiologia Università Cattolica S.C., Piacenza, Italy) – continue here by describing the future they see for scientific studies on probiotics. As laboratories around the world continue to carry out probiotics research, the experts say not every…

Probiotics have a well-known definition that has been cited for over a decade: ‘Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host’. Written in a 2001 joint report of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (FAO/WHO), it is a definition that served well at the time, despite its generality. “Not every live microorganism is a probiotic. Only those live microorganisms that produce a health benefit,” says Dr. Francisco Guarner, gastroenterologist and head of the Experimental Laboratory at the University Hospital Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona. Then some difficult question arise: What counts as a health benefit? What…