Nebraska Cultures Inc., creator and exclusive supplier of Dr. Shahani’s® L. acidophilus DDS-1 and ProDURA™ Bacillus coagulans announced that its own chief scientific advisor, Robert Hutkins Ph.D., will serve as a keynote speaker at the Post Conference forum on probiotics from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.
Dr. Hutkins is a professor of food microbiology at the University of Nebraska, and an expert in probiotics. He is performing ongoing studies on the role of probiotics in the gut, the persistence of probiotics, and more recently, the role of synbiotics. Dr. Hutkins will share the latest research findings with leaders in the natural products industry. His presentation will focus on current strategies for improving gut health that include probiotics and prebiotics.
Dr. Hutkins will also be available to meet with industry leaders on an informal basis at Nebraska Cultures’ booth #16011 on Friday, Nov. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Dr. Hutkins’ research reveals that while many commercially available probiotic strains are capable of surviving gastrointestinal digestion, they are still rapidly eliminated after consumption has ended. “Our ongoing research addresses the inability of certain probiotic bacteria to persist in the human intestinal tract,” said Dr. Hutkins. “Synbiotics may provide a means for enhancing persistence of targeted probiotic strains. Research from my lab and others has shown that different strains offer varying persistence in the gut and synbiotic combinations must account for ecological considerations.”
Michael Shahani, chief operations officer of Nebraska Cultures, comments, “Bob is doing the entire industry a service with the ongoing research he undertakes, continuing to strengthen the case for well-researched probiotics. This lecture will address the issue of probiotic persistence and provide suggestions for rational formulation of synbiotics.”