is the host for the 16th Annual European Helicobacter Study Group
celebrating the 20th year anniversary of the discovery of Helicobacter
pylori in Perth, Australia. Barry Marshall and Robert Warren showed
that this gastric microbe, causing gastritis as the most common
infection worldwide, is strongly associated with peptic ulcer
disease and stomach cancer.
effects of probiotics – as functional foods or medicinal
products - is an area of intense research. An increasing number
of promising studies have appeared regarding effects of specific
probiotic strains, especially on gastrointestinal and immune functions.
The role in prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal infections
is increasingly documented, as an alternative or complement to
antibiotics, with the potential to decrease the use of antibiotics.
and treatment of Helicobacter infections is one important potential
area for probiotics. Recent experimental and clinical studies
indicate the usefulness in other gastrointestinal disorders such
as acute and chronic diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),
inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and gastro-oesophageal reflux
effects of modulation of the intestinal microflora by probiotics
are indicated by recent studies showing effects in atopic diseases
and upper respiratory tract infections.
aim of this interdisciplinary workshop is to bring clinicians
and scientists from universities and industries together to discuss
the state-of-the-art regarding health effects of probiotics. With
this background, the scientific substantiation of health claims
for functional foods and medicinal products based on probiotics
through well-designed clinical intervention trials in children
and adults, will be specifically addressed.
are happy to have experts from different parts of Europe, as well
as from North America and Japan, participating in this meeting,
providing opportunities for a global view on the status and future
development in this area.
European Helicobacter Study Group, EHSG,
SNF Swedish Nutrition Foundation