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Department of Nutrition

  • Department of Nutrition

Infections and Health: How Can Probiotics Help?

An Educational Symposium held at the Hyatt Regency Denver on September 30, 2010

Made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Yakult U.S.A., Inc.

The interest in the role of probiotics in human health has never been greater. It was just 10 years ago that the FAO/WHO defined probiotics as "live microorganisms, which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host". Today, global research communities are working together, and the Human Microbiome Project, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is fueling further interest and discovery in this area.

The use of probiotics for preventive and therapeutic applications is not new and emerging science indicates they have benefit beyond the gut. In these sessions you will learn common misconceptions about probiotics, phases of colonization in maternal and infant development and causes for dysfunctional colonization, evidence for use of probiotics in the pediatric and adult populations, from asthma to influenza, nosocomial infection in children, irritable bowel disease in adults and as adjunctive therapy for C. difficile in seniors.

Here, a panel of world-renowned clinicians and experts synthesize and present new findings in the emerging field of probiotics. Upon completion, attendees will have acquired important background information and practical knowledge on the state of the science of probiotics for infection and health, and gain an understanding of clinical applications for current preventive practices, treatments and health promoting approaches for patients of all ages.

Below are links to each of the presentations given at the Educational Symposium: Infections and Health How Can Probiotics Help? held in Denver, CO on September 30, 2010. Each of the links will open the presentation in a new window. System Requirements: You will need Macromedia's Flash player to view these presentations.

  • Provide an overview of probiotics, their potential health benefits, and relevance to family practitioners;
  • Understand how probiotics can improve intestinal health and immune support in families; and
  • Explore how probiotics can provide protection against infectious diseases.

Welcome and Program Introduction
Brian Wegner, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine


What to Look For in a Probiotic Product
Mary Ellen Sanders, Ph.D.
Executive Director, International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics
Consultant, Dairy & Food Culture Technologies
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Probiotics and Pediatrics
W. Allan Walker, M.D.
Conrad Taff Professor of Nutrition and Pediatrics Director, Division of Nutrition, Harvard Medical School
Director, the Mucosal Immunology Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital
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Probiotics and Adult Diseases
Martin Floch, M.D., MACG
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine
Editor of the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
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Q & A Session
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