Precision Probiotic Therapies—Challenges and Opportunities

Date: November 05, 2021 and November 08, 2021

Location: Virtual, Registration is required

Event Description

Traditional and next generation probiotic interventions may potentially offer various beneficial effects, including alleviation of gastrointestinal symptoms, “strengthening” of the immune system, protection against infectious diseases, prevention of metabolic disorders, augmentation of mental and behavioral health, and promotion of early development and general well-being. However, one major challenge in probiotic intervention is differential responses between individuals that have led to lack of consistent results in clinical trials. We now have a better understanding of the interpersonal contributors of discordant outcomes from probiotic supplementations, i.e., resident gut microbiome, diet, age, and lifestyle. Innovative research approaches call to understand the interrelationships between these contributing factors and to develop advanced technologies for their assessment. Growing interest in the medical field to develop tailored microbial therapeutics for targeted and effective interventions is driving the probiotics field, despite the wider gaps in knowledge.

The goals of this workshop are to identify knowledge gaps from current methodologies and challenges in probiotic research, as well as to map future directions of precision probiotic therapies.


Friday, November 5, 2021; 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. ET

Monday, November 8, 2021;11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. ET

Registration (free). 

Participating National Institutes of Health Institutes, Centers, and Offices:

  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
  • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • National Institute on Aging
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  • Office of Dietary Supplements
  • Office of Nutrition Research