Several Academy Members Featured in Probiotics Documentary

The scientists were filmed during the 2010 Academy conference “Probiotics: From Bench to Market.”

Several Academy members who presented during the Summer 2010 Academy conference “Probiotics: From Bench to Market” are featured in a new documentary film. Microwarriors: The Power of Probiotics was produced by Health Point Productions to take viewers “inside the world” of these beneficial bacteria, explaining their discovery in the early 20th century, how they’re tested and produced, and the latest scientific research from some of the world’s top probiotic experts.

Scientists, including Academy members Tri Duong, Texas A&M University; Cary P. Frye, International Dairy Foods Association; Glenn Gibson, University of Reading; and Mary Ellen Sanders, Dairy and Food Culture Technologies, discuss the effectiveness of probiotics for digestive health and describe how probiotics support the immune system and lessen allergy symptoms, whether all probiotic strains equally beneficial, whether probiotics are safe for infants and children, and their connection to maintaining weight and preventing obesity.

The Academy conference “Probiotics: From Bench to Market” was jointly presented by The Dannon Company and The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences, with support from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Materials available from the Academy include a conference eBriefing, a conference podcast, an open access Meeting Report in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, and the conference print proceedings available for free download at www.nyas.org/Probiotics. See the movie trailer at www.microwarriorsmovie.com.