Navigation Links
Global Probiotics Council Announces Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research to Fund the Next Generation of Gut Microbiota Research
Date:2/6/2008

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Global Probiotics Council (GPC), a committee established in 2004 by Groupe DANONE and Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd., announced the Young Investigator Grant for probiotics research program (YIGPRO) today. The two annual grants are designed to stimulate innovative research and to support young investigators and attract new researchers in the United States into the field of probiotics and gut microbiota.

"Our two companies have demonstrated their long-standing commitment to advancing research in probiotics. This field continues to be one of the most promising for more discoveries that will benefit human health, which is why Danone and Yakult decided in 2004 to join forces and further encourage more research in a larger number of countries," said Sven Thormahlen, Executive Vice President R&D, Danone Research.

With this new initiative, "we will continue to contribute to bridging gaps in the field of probiotics and the gut" said Gerard Denariaz, Director of Danone's Probiotic Research.

"Emerging science on the regular consumption of probiotic-containing products shows how these products can help to regulate the intestinal ecosystem and benefit health. These grants will enable young investigators who are senior fellows, or junior faculty to further explore the health benefits of probiotics. These grants will also further advance understanding about the relationship between probiotics and the intestinal flora and are anticipated to expand the already stable research platform," says Mr. Ryuji Chino, Senior Managing Director, Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd.

The grants will provide opportunity for researchers in the fields of gastroenterology, immunology, genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, and infectious disease to foster innovative ideas, sustain independence, and advance science.

Each Young Investigator Grant for Probiotic Research will provide $50,000 over one year. Research applications should contribute to knowledge about gut microbiota or the role of intestinal flora in health and disease.

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

Probiotics are live cultures that, when consumed in sufficient quantities, can provide health benefits to an individual. Probiotics can help maintain the digestive system by providing a regular source of "friendly" bacteria to the intestinal tract, helping to improve the functioning of the intestinal microflora.

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) 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, through means such as:
i. Raising public awareness of probiotics and their health benefits

through education and dissemination of information;

ii. Communicating with government bodies, and other relevant interest

groups; and

iii. Building relationships with leading researchers and research

institutions and supporting collaborative research in the area of

probiotics and intestinal flora.

The US has been the first country where the GPC has created a Scientific Board. The GPC also regularly carries out activities to raise public awareness. For more information, please visit http://www.probioticsresearch.com.

DANONE is the world's leading producer of yogurt products, sold under the DANNON and DANONE brand names. Since its foundation, DANONE has built its business on product offerings, which combine health benefits and taste. DANONE RESEARCH is the organization responsible for all DANONE R&D activities (900 employees worldwide). Its mission is to formulate DANONE products with health benefits (mainly through probiotics) and the scientific evidence to support the claims for these products. It also studies the effects of food on health and aims to continuously improve the nutritional profile of DANONE products worldwide. Probiotic research is a key expertise of DANONE RESEARCH. Over the past 90 years, DANONE has built the world's most comprehensive collection of lactic bacteria strains sampled directly from bio-diversity. Referred to as the DANONE "culture-collection", it contains approximately 3,000 different lactic bacteria strains. In addition to taste and texture, some of these ferments provide probiotic health properties. Such is the case of the Bifidus DN 173 010 strain, used to produce Activia, and the Lactobacillus casei DN 114 011 strain in DanActive. One hundred of these strains have been thoroughly studied and only 50 are currently being used in DANONE products. Therefore the "culture-collection" holds considerable additional future potential for product innovation. DANONE RESEARCH has made it a key research area, using state-of-the-art technologies such as genomics and robotics to select the probiotic bacteria of the future. For more information, please visit http://www.danone.com/?lang=en, http://www.danone.com/en/research-innovations.html, http://www.dannon.com.

Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is the world's pioneer in probiotics by introducing the first single shot probiotics drink, Yakult(R), in 1935. Founded by microbiologist Dr. Minoru Shirota, Yakult(R) contains high amounts of its signature strain, Lactobacillus casei Shirota. Yakult is committed to researching the endless applications for probiotics and the use of intestinal bacteria in human health around the world. The company has established two science institutes to support its efforts; one in Japan (Yakult Central Institute for Microbiological Research) and one in Europe (Yakult Honsha European Research Center for Microbiology ESV). Since developing its overseas network in 1964, Yakult has expanded its business to 30 countries and territories. In addition to producing the internationally recognized probiotic beverage, Yakult is also accredited in the pharmaceutical field for its development of Campto Injection (Camptosar), the first-line drug for colorectal cancer in the U.S. Yakult U.S.A., the subsidiary of Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd., is stationed in Torrance, CA. For more information, please visit http://www.yakult.co.jp/english, http://www.yakult.co.jp/institute, http://www.yakultusa.com.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Global Probiotics Council
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. Global Experts Explore Entire Spectrum of Aids Vaccine Development
2. Mindray to Present at Merrill Lynch Global Pharmaceutical, Biotech & Medtech Conference
3. Advanced Life Sciences to Present at 2007 UBS Global Life Sciences Conference
4. Touching 418 Billion Lives, Hepatitis Still Presents Significant Threat to Global Health
5. Touching 418 Million Lives, Hepatitis Still Presents Significant Threat to Global Health
6. Clinsys Clinical Research, Inc. Announces Key Hires, Rajagopalan Srinivasan, Ph.D, to Strengthen Global Biostatistics Service Offering and Christopher Gregory, Ph.D, to Scientific Affairs
7. Jazz Pharmaceuticals to Present at UBS Global Life Sciences Conference
8. A Large-Scale Research Project by a Dutch Consortium Addressing a Global Problem
9. Amicus Therapeutics to Present at the Merrill Lynch Global Pharmaceutical, Biotech & Medtech 2007 Conference
10. Allos Therapeutics to Present at the 2007 UBS Global Life Sciences Conference
11. Merrill Lynch Global Pharmaceutical, Biotech and Medtech Conference to Webcast Millennium Presentation
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/11/2017)... Alto, CA, USA (PRWEB) , ... October 11, 2017 , ... ... set to take place on 7th and 8th June 2018 in San Francisco, CA. ... policy influencers as well as several distinguished CEOs, board directors and government officials from ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. , Oct. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... London (ICR) and University of ... tool to risk-stratify patients with multiple myeloma (MM), in a ... . The University of Leeds is ... Myeloma UK, and ICR will perform the testing services to ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... October 11, 2017 , ... Singh ... orphan drug designation to SBT-100, its novel anti-STAT3 (Signal Transducer and Activator of ... SBT-100 is able to cross the cell membrane and bind intracellular STAT3 and ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... For ... has won a US2020 STEM Mentoring Award. Representatives of the FirstHand program travelled ... Volunteer Experience from US2020. , US2020’s mission is to change the trajectory of ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:6/30/2017)... June 30, 2017 Today, American Trucking ... supplier of face and eye tracking software, became ... provider program. "Artificial intelligence and ... to monitor a driver,s attentiveness levels while on ... able to detect fatigue and prevent potential accidents, ...
(Date:5/16/2017)... , May 16, 2017  Veratad Technologies, LLC ( ... online age and identity verification solutions, announced today they ... Conference 2017, May 15 thru May 17, 2017, in ... and International Trade Center. Identity impacts ... and in today,s quickly evolving digital world, defining identity ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... York , April 19, 2017 ... as its vendor landscape is marked by the presence ... market is however held by five major players - ... Together these companies accounted for nearly 61% of the ... the leading companies in the global military biometrics market ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):