ProbioticsProbiotics and Health  

Thursday 1st October 2009 

Society of Chemical Industry, London.  

Probiotics have been consumed for thousands of years, and are now widely available for consumers in various forms, including capsules or dairy products. These probiotics are live microorganisms – mostly bacteria – which when taken in adequate amounts confer a health benefit.

On the 1st October 2009 the Foundation held a conference on probiotics to accompany the publication of a BNF review in the December 2009 Nutrition Bulletin on the health benefits of probiotics. The conference featured high profile national and international speakers and covered a broad range of health issues in relation to consumption of probiotics, including gut flora and health, acute and antibiotic-associated diarrhoea, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome and allergies. Safety of, and health claims for, probiotics were also addressed.

Audio podcasts

Some of the speakers presentations are available as audio podcasts to download below. To view the podcasts, right click on the link and select 'Save link as...':

Prof Glenn Gibson – Gut flora and health

Prof Hania Szajewska – Probiotics in alleviating infections in infants

Dr Mary Hickson – Probiotics and antibiotic-associated diarrhoea

Dr Elisabeth Weichselbaum – Probiotics and health: summing up the evidence

Prof Seppo Salminen – Efficacy, safety and health claims for probiotics

The conference programme and the presentation slides  for some of the speaker presentations are available to download below.

Look out for the December 2009 Nutrition Bulletin for the full review on the health benefits of probiotics.