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Global Probiotics Council Announces First Awardees for New Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research
Date:7/24/2008

at Chapel Hill. This committee scored the research proposals submitted by Dr. Ciorba and Dr. Gulati the highest.

The objectives of the grant program are to stimulate innovative research relevant to the field of gut microbiota, to support young investigators, and to attract new researchers into this field. Every year, new evidence is being discovered about the benefits of probiotics on human health, in areas like helping fight infections or improving gut comfort. The full potential of micro-organisms that help all of us live better continues to be unraveled. New research is now emerging that looks at functions of our gut microbiota in areas like obesity and inflammation. This is why it is believed that advancement in this whole research field is key to the development of probiotic food that contributes to good health at all ages of life.

"We received many excellent applications for the first year of this grant," said Sven Thormahlen, Executive Vice President R&D, Danone Research. "We hope the two young investigators will advance our knowledge in the growing field of probiotics and provide insight into the mechanistic processes which promote human health."

"We have a long history working with probiotics in Japan. We hope this new program will spark interest and excitement in the global field of probiotics," says Mr. Ryuji Chino, Senior Managing Director, Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd.

The Global Probiotics Council will provide $50,000 over the course of one year to both Dr. Ciorba and Dr. Gulati and their respective institutions.

Additional details and future announcements on the Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research program can be found at http://www.probioticsresearch.com.

The Global Probiotics Council (GPC) is a committee established in 2004 by Groupe DANONE and Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd. The role of the GPC is to promote and/or advance probiotics in the world,
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