TODAY! Experts to discuss benefits of probiotics beyond digestive health in upcoming webinar

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TODAY! Experts to discuss benefits of probiotics beyond digestive health in upcoming webinar
Experts from Jarrow Formulas, the International Probiotics Association, Increnovo, and Tufts University will discuss the state of the science and what the future holds in a FREE webinar today hosted by NutraIngredients-USA.

The gut microbiota​​ continues to fascinate scientists in many realms, and the conversation is so much more​​ than just about digestive health.

Every week there are new studies supporting the potential health benefits of probiotics​​ – or prebiotics – for weight management, sports nutrition, women’s health, cognitive function and mood, heart health, immune support, and even skin health, to name a few.

In this webinar, probiotic experts​​ will discuss the state of the science for these potential health benefits, and how this is translating into claims in the commercial world.

The NutraIngredients-USA editorial webinar, Probiotics: Benefits beyond digestive health​, will take place today, December 11 at 12pm Eastern Time.

For more information and to register for FREE, please click HERE​.

Our expert panelists include:


George Paraskevakos​, Executive Director, International Probiotics Association.
George has been involved with the probiotic industry since 2007 where he served in various roles from business development to account management with a globally recognized probiotic producer. During this time, he also served on the IPA Board of Directors (BoD) and had two (2) mandates as President before taking on the association’s leadership role as Executive Director in 2015. His passion for the probiotic industry is unequivocal and his persistence to have IPA continue being ‘The Global Voice Of Probiotics’ has taken the association from 40 members when he took on the role to now over 100 international companies under his tutelage.


Anthony Thomas, PhD, Director, Scientific Affairs, Jarrow Formulas
Dr Thomas earned his doctorate in Nutritional Biology from the University of California at Davis, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California at Los Angeles Larry Hillblom Islet Research Center. His primary research interests (via both pre-clinical and clinical studies) have focused on the influence of dietary and lifestyle factors (i.e., physical activity, circadian disruption) on the pathogenesis of chronic cardiovascular/metabolic diseases including obesity, insulin resistance syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. He has authored/co-authored multiple peer reviewed scientific manuscripts and has served as a referee with relevant expertise in the fields of nutrition, obesity, and diabetes for multiple scientific journals.


Deshanie Rai, PhD, Associate Adjunct Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University
Dr Rai, PhD, is an accomplished scientist with over 15 years of industry and academic experience focused on developing, translating, communicating, and commercializing science in the health and wellness category. She has led the design, implementation and translation of preclinical and clinical studies across multiple therapeutic areas including gastrointestinal health and the microbiome. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international meetings. She has been the recipient of several academic and industry awards including from Mead Johnson Nutrition, DSM and Bayer Health Care. Deshanie is currently an Associate Adjunct Professor with the Friedman School of Nutrition and Policy, Tufts University and a Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Consultant in the over the counter (OTC), dietary supplement and probiotic and prebiotic categories.


Ralf Jaeger, PhD, Co-Founder and Managing Member, Increnovo
Dr. Jaeger is co-founding partner of Increnovo LLC, a global independent consulting firm, based in Milwaukee, WI. He originally earned his PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Bonn in Germany. He began his professional career as a head of a laboratory for SKW/Degussa, the leading supplier of creatine products. He is an award-winning speaker and has authored numerous scientific papers on sports nutrition and brain, joint, heart, and gut health, for both peer-reviewed scientific journals and industry publications/mainstream media.

The webinar will be moderated by Stephen Daniells, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of NutraIngredients-USA.

The webinar is sponsored by:


Atlantia Food Clinical Trials​services a global marketplace. Our clients include blue chip multinationals, SMEs, and start-up companies worldwide. We have conducted clinical trials for many of the biggest brands at our state of the art facility.

Atlantia is a world class dynamic company providing clinical trial expertise for the food, beverage and supplements sector. We conduct studies in functional ingredients, nutraceuticals, medical foods and dietary supplements.


LactoSpore by Sabinsa​. The health benefits and stability of LactoSpore (Bacillus coagulans​ MTCC 5856) have been published in several peer-reviewed journals and the present investigation further supports the shelf stable property of this branded probiotic in commercial formulations. LactoSpore is GRAS affirmed and produces L(+) lactic acid. It is available at various strengths: 6 billion, 15 billion and 100 billion bacteria /gram.

Over the past 30 years, Sabinsa has brought to market more than 100 standardized botanical extracts, and privately funded clinical studies in conjunction with prestigious institutions in support of these products. 

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