Probiotics are nonpathogenic live microorganism that can provide a diverse health benefits on the host. Prebiotics is a non-digestible fiber compounds that induce the growth or activity of microorganisms. Taking probiotics plus prebiotics could bring diverse types of health benefits. Probiotics are consumed in diverse ways including dairy product, food supplements and functional foods with specific health claims. Recently, many reports suggest that certain probiotic strains or multi strain mixture have potent immunomodulatory activity in diverse disorders including allergic asthma, atopic dermatitis and rheumatoid arthritis. However some of the probiotic strains have an adverse effect on people with underlying health problems or immuno-compromised individuals. In addition, however, efficacy of probiotic administration is quite different depending on the type of strains and the amounts of doses and underlying mechanism of action is still unclear. By attending the International Scientific Conference on Probiotics and Prebiotics - IPC2016, you will have a chance to expand your ideas on recent advances made in the science of probiotics, highlighting their current and future roles in maintaining health and preventing diseases. The next IPC will be held during 21st - 23rd June 2016 in Budapest, Hungary.
Biofilms7 will be hosted by the biofilm research groups of University of Minho and University of Porto. This event belongs to a series of well-known conferences. The two most recent ones were held in Vienna (Biofilms 6) and Paris (Biofilms 5).
Biofilms7 will address cutting-edge issues of biofilms in industry, environment and health. The main topics of the conference are:
•Biofilms and surfaces/interfaces: from nano to macro-scale. Microbial adhesion, surface-microbial interactions, new surfaces and modifications, molecular biology of cell adhesion and biofilm development.
•Biofilm detection and characterization methods (physical, chemical, biological). New approaches to study biofilms including architecture, composition, cell quantitation and localization at a molecular, single cell and community level.
•Biofilm prevention and control strategies. Emergent approaches for biofilm prevention and control in industry, environment and health.
•Biofilms and the environment. Biofilms in engineered and natural systems, biofilm ecology.
•Productive biofilms. Biofilm systems providing valuable biotechnological compounds and with beneficial effects.
•Biofilms, Industry and Energy. Industrial biofilms, biofouling in process equipment, contamination issues, microbial fuel cells and other biofilm energy producing systems.
•Modelling and Simulation.