49th Annual Meeting of the
American College of Nutrition
Practical Applications of Probiotics
in Health and Disease
October 3, 2008
Probiotics are a diverse group of live microbes defined by FAO/WHO as "live microorganisms which when administered in sufficient quantities can confer a health benefit."
The field of probiotics is an evolving field. Used historically around the world for health promotion and therapeutic purposes, probiotics have now become mainstream in the United States and are part of a huge food and supplement market. Research continues to emerge, supporting the use of different probiotics strains in a variety of conditions. The research now suggests that these "healthy" bacteria have beneficial effects on gastrointestinal dysfunctions, including diarrhea, as well as the immune system and conditions such as allergy, in children, adults, and the elderly.
This conference discusses the potential uses of probiotics in maintaining and improving health, and in the treatment of such conditions as Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
W. Allan Walker, M.D.,
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Simin N. Meydani, D.V.M., Ph.D., FACN
Tufts University, Boston, MA
Topics and Presenters:
The Potential Use for Probiotics in Health
Mary Ellen Sanders, PhD
International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP)
Probiotics and Pediatrics
W. Allan Walker, MD
Conrad Taff Professor of Nutrition and Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Director, the Mucosal Immunology Laboratory
Massachusetts General Hospital for Children
Probiotics and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Stefano Guandalini, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Section Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
Director, University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center
Could Probiotics Help the Elderly?
Simin Meydani, DVM, Ph.D.
Jean Mayer USDA HNRCA at Tufts University
Highlights of the Symposium are available as a PDF file,
and may be downloaded HERE.
Presented by Harvard Medical School Division of Nutrition
Made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from
The Dannon Company, Inc. and Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd.