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DAY ONE – Wednesday 1 February 2017

14:00 Registration for Workshop attendees
This workshop is free for all registered participants.

Characterisation of prebiotics and their impact on human health

The 2017 Probiota First Focus Workshop explores latest developments in prebiotic research, new prebiotic ingredients and their impact on health. This workshop is free for all registered participants
Chaired by: Will Chu, Science Editor, NutraIngredients

14:20 The evolution of the prebiotic concept
Prof Bob Rastall, Professor of Food Biotechnology, University of Reading

14:50 The use of a prebiotic galactooligosaccharide to reduce the severity of exercise induced asthma and markers of airway inflammation
Dr Neil Williams, Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition
Exercise and Health Research Group, Nottingham Trent University

15:20 Refreshments

15:50 Immunomodulation by Sugar Beet Arabinans
Prof Jerry Wells, Chair of the Host-Microbe Interactions Group, The University of Wageningen

16:20 Milk as a source of prebiotics and their effect on the gut microbiome
Dr Steven Frese, Associate Director of Research & Development, Evolve Biosystems

16:50 joint Q&A and discussion

17:20 end of workshop

17:30 Probiota registration, Scientific Frontiers poster session and networking drinks

The Scientific Frontiers poster session reveals the latest state-of-the-art developments related to all aspects of prebiotic, probiotic and microbiome science relevant to health, wellbeing, consumers and industry.  Posters are selected based on abstracts submitted and reviewed by the Probiota Scientific Committee.

Drinks and light refreshments will be served.

To see the current confirmed posters please click here


DAY TWO – Thursday 2 February 2017

09:00 Welcome from the Chair and scene setting
Dr Niall Hyland, Faculty, APC Microbiome Institute and Lecturer, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University College Cork

09:10 Developments in digestive health – focusing on prebiotic and probiotic trends
Emma Schofield, Global Food Science Analyst,  Mintel

09:40 Better by design – food microbiome engineering to enhance health
Ihab Boulas, Cofounder & CEO, Unibiome

10:10 Refreshments

10:50 Are fermented foods, such as kefir, a source of health promoting microbes?
Dr Paul Cotter, Principal Research Officer, Teagasc

11:20 Pre-, pro, and synbiotics in allergic airway disease
Prof Gert Folkerts, Division of Pharmacology, Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences

11:50 Speed networking
Extend your horizons with a series of four minute meetings with your fellow attendees. Introduce yourself to a new contact every time the bell sounds and find out if you’ve got mutual interests that would make a subsequent, more in-depth meeting worthwhile.

12:50 Roundtable lunches – discuss the issues that matter most to you
Each of our lunch tables will be hosted by an industry expert who will lead an informal discussion on an industry hot topic. Join the table that suits you best (subject to availability).

14:20 Metabolomic analysis and data evaluation – Opportunities and limitations
Dr Christian Hellmuth, postdoctoral research associate, Division of Nutritional and Metabolic Medicine, Dr von Hauner Childrens’ Hospital

14:50 Characterising the biomolecular interactions between the gut microbiota and host using metabolic profiling
Dr Jonathan Swann, Senior Lecturer in Human Development and Microbiomics, Division of Computational and Systems Medicine, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London

15:20 Developing the future probiotic: the potency of ecosystem restoration products
Prof Tom Van de Wiele, Associate Professor, Centre for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET), Ghent University

15:50 Refreshments

16:20 Populating preterm infants with probiotics
Dr Lindsay Hall, Microbiome Research Leader, Institute of Food Research, Norwich Research Park

16:50 Modulation of the infant gut microbiota by dietary interventions
Dr Bernard Berger, Senior Scientist, Host Microbe Interaction group, Nestlé Research Center

17:20 PANEL DISCUSSION: Treating the whole body:  Where is the biggest potential for future pre and probiotic research and commercial application?
Chair: Nathan Gray, Editor, NutraIngredients 


17:50 Chairman’s closing remarks and round-up of Day 2

19:30 Probiota reception and dinner
The highlight of the Probiota social calendar will take you high above the skyline of Berlin to the Berlin TV Tower.



DAY THREE – Friday 3 February 2017

09:00 Chairman’s re-cap of Day Two and welcome back

09:05 Using the microbiome of the uro-genital tract to monitor host characteristics
Dr Dirk Kok, Assistant Professor Urology, Erasmus MC

09:35 Probiotics for the maintenance of oral health
Dr Mette Kirstine Keller, School of Dentistry, University of Copenhagen

10:05 Gut microbiota –targeted solutions for weight management: Probiotics and prebiotics
Dr Garry Mendelson, Applied Nutrition Science Manager , DuPont Nutrition & Health

10:35 Refreshments

11:15 Scientific Frontiers presentations
Oral presentations awarded to the best abstracts submitted to the Scientific Frontiers session

11:45 What makes the microbiome so investable?
Amanda Chaperot, Investment Manager, Seventure Partners

12:05 PANEL DISCUSSION: Better together:  How can business and academia work together to translate primary research into commercial success?
Chair: Shane Starling, Editor, NutraIngredients


12:45 Chairman’s closing remarks

12:50 Networking lunch

14:30 Departures