Danone propels research forward with fellowship grants for probiotic studies in North America

Announced 2023 Fellowship Grants for Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotic studies

French multinational food company Danone has announced that for the 11th year in a row, it will award two graduate students $25,000 each for conducting research to further study the role of the gut microbiome, yogurt and probiotics for human health. This initiative is being taken by Danone North America.

Scientists in the field have found that the microbial community, or microbiome of the gut, affects not only gastrointestinal health, but has links to the brain, immune system and even our circadian clocks. The health of the gut microbiome has also been associated with certain chronic disease risk, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  

“Danone North America understands the significance research plays in identifying the role and importance of the human gut microbiome. Knowing the food we eat can have an immediate and dramatic impact on the makeup of our microbiome is of specific interest to us,” says Miguel Freitas, PhD, Vice President of Scientific Affairs at Danone North America. “As a top food company in the US with a vast portfolio of essential dairy and plant-based foods, it is our duty to support advancements in research that will lead to greater knowledge and health outcomes for the people we serve.”

The science behind understanding what a “healthy” human microbiome looks like, how it is controlled or how it can be changed is an evolving area of research.

Recipients of the Danone North America Fellowship Grant support these efforts by exploring how the gut microbiome, yogurt and probiotics help sustain human health and wellness through growth, development, and longevity.

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