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Group committed to robust science on probiotics and prebiotics set to hold annual meeting in Belgium

International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics

Prebiotics, probiotics, and gut health are popular topics for blog and media articles - but seen through a scientific lens, the information in many of these articles noticeably falls short. With so much hype, many have difficulty finding authoritative sources of information on the evidence-based uses and latest scientific progress related to probiotics and prebiotics.

A group of scientists and experts with a common mission to advance the science on probiotics and prebiotics will gather in May, 2019 for this year's annual meeting of the International Scientific Association for Prebiotics and Probiotics (ISAPP). The organization, established in 2002, is composed of members from multiple disciplines who work to enhance the evidence base for the proper use of probiotics and prebiotics, and to disseminate accurate information among researchers, students, regulators, and health care providers--in addition to the media and the general public.

Having led the internationally accepted scientific consensus definitions of the word 'probiotics' and 'prebiotics', ISAPP continues to uphold high scientific standards in the field and actively participates in science-based education around these two health-promoting substances.

ISAPP's annual meeting for members will run May 14-16 in Antwerp, Belgium; the program will include talks on the health impact of probiotics from a socioeconomic perspective, and the potential of prebiotics for mental health. Historically, the annual event has been the site of important discussions leading to scientific initiatives in the field of probiotics and prebiotics. Experts at the meeting have addressed topics that include an individual patient data meta-analysis on the role of Lactobacillus reuteri in treating infantile colic, global harmonization of regulatory approaches to probiotics and prebiotics, and facilitation of human research on probiotics as foods. See the long list of ISAPP publications resulting from such activities here.

Organizations wishing to send scientists to this meeting are invited to become ISAPP members. Learn more about membership for companies or non-profit organizations here. Students or fellows are invited to join ISAPP, too. To view a detailed program schedule for the meeting, see here.

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