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Open Access Meeting report

Health impact of probiotics - vision and opportunities

Neerja Hajela1, G Balakrish Nair2, Philip Abraham3 and Nirmal K Ganguly4*

Author Affiliations

1 Yakult India Microbiota and Probiotic Science Foundation, New Delhi, India

2 Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

3 P.D. Hinduja National Hospital, Mumbai, India

4 National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, India

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Gut Pathogens 2012, 4:1  doi:10.1186/1757-4749-4-1

Published: 12 March 2012

Abstract

Our understanding of the role of the microbiota in our gut and other sites in our body is rapidly emerging and could lead to many new and innovative approaches for health care. The promise of the potential role of probiotics for the prevention and treatment of enteric and other infections as an effective solution needs to be realized. The meeting report summarizes the insights and learning from a recent symposium, "Health Impact of Probiotics - Vision and Opportunities" conducted in Mumbai by the Yakult India Microbiota and Probiotic Science Foundation and P.D. Hinduja National Hospital, Mumbai. The symposium reflected its objective of unraveling the potential role of probiotics for health benefits through presentations and discussions. Experts clearly highlighted the role of probiotics in improving various aspects of health and in immune modulation. The report also captures the debate and discussions on the challenges that are likely to be encountered for the use of probiotics in the country.