News from The Global Probiotics Council

A committee formed by Groupe DANONE and Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd., announced the availability of two grants for the second annual Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research (YIGPRO). Each Young Investigator Grant will provide $50,000 over one year.

This year, the grant focus is on the role of probiotics News from The Global Probiotics Counciland gastrointestinal microbiota in health and disease. The grants are designed to contribute to the advancement of probiotics and gastrointestinal microbiota research in the United States and to attract promising, young researchers into this field of study.

“Groupe DANONE and Yakult Honsha Co. are committed to benefiting human health by advancing research on probiotics. We established the GPC to raise awareness of probiotics and their health benefits through science-based education,” said Sven Thormahlen, Executive Vice President R&D, Danone Research.

Researchers applying for this grant must be interested in understanding the health benefits of probiotics and the relationship between probiotics,

Probiotics are live microorganisms that can provide health benefits to us beyond basic nutrition when they are consumed in sufficient quantities. Substantial evidence is showing that certain strains of probiotics can improve digestive health and enhance immune function. Their use is gaining momentum in the United States as emerging research reinforces the benefits of regularly consuming specific strains of probiotics for specific conditions. These grants will help to advance science and uncover critical mechanisms by which probiotics promote health.

The supporters of the grant, Groupe DANONE and Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd., are the leading global companies researching probiotics with academic

Application procedures and additional details on the Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research program can be found at http://www.probioticsresearch.com.

The Global Probiotics Council (GPC) was established in 2004 through a collaborative agreement between Groupe DANONE and Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd. The role of the GPC is to promote and/or advance probiotics in the world, through means such as:

  • Raising awareness of probiotics and their health benefits through science-based education and dissemination of information to health care professionals and the public;
  • Communicating with government bodies, and other relevant interest groups; and
  • Building relationships with leading researchers and research institutions and supporting collaboration research in the area of probiotics and intestinal microbiota.

The probiotic bacteria L. casei Shirota and Bifidobacterium breve possess a diverse and great potential. They are the two major probiotic bacteria out of approximately 4,000 microorganisms that Yakult collects and maintains in-house. The search and detection of new bio-markers is essential to elucidate new functions of probiotics. In order to clarify the effects of these probiotics on health maintenance and pathological amelioration, their institute has conducted numerous fundamental and clinical research activities. Concurrently, they are also engaged in research concerning the safety of probiotics, as well as the discovery of new probiotics.

SOURCE: Global Probiotics Council – Nov. 24 2008

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