Date 12-05-2017

LABIP Expert Workshop

“Future access and improvement of industrial LAB cultures”

May 10 and 11 2017 an expert workshop has been organised aiming at the implementation of new natural and genetic selection methods for industrial starter cultures and the influence of legislation which is being implemented as a consequence of the Nagoya Protocol. This protocol from 2014 is now ratified by almost 100 countries, including the EU and establishes the compliance to Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) rules of the countries. These rules have been implemented after the Convention of Biological Diversity of 1993.

In the workshop, the potential of the new genetic approaches for LAB was depicted, including examples of what has been achieved during the latest years. On the other hand it was made clear that the legislation, following the Nagoya protocol and which is still under debate, will have an enormous influence on academic and industrial research.

The outcome of the workshop will be in the form of a position paper, which will be written in the coming months and published. The Hand-out, containing program of the workshop, the list of participants and the abstracts of the presentations, as well as the complete presentations of all expert speakers can be found in the Members Only section of the website.

Date 16-09-2014

LABIP Awards at LAB11

At the LAB Symposium 11, held from August 31st till September 4th 2014 at Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, for the fourth time the LABIP awards for the Mid Career Senior Scientist and for the best 3 posters have been presented by the LABIP Chairman Esben Laulund.

The prize of 2000 € for the Mid Career Senior Scientist has been given to Prof. Bas Teusink for the way he is moving the field by the application of bioinformatics and systems biology, needed to handle big data in the field of metabolomics and analysis of complex microbial communities. These approaches will also become more and more relevant for industrial application of these fields.

Three poster prizes of 500 € each, for which criteria are based on “Outstanding Excellence in Lactic Acid Bacteria Research with an Industrial Relevance” where chosen out of ~350 posters. The poster prizes were given to:

B.R. Johnson, North Carolina State University, Department of Microbiology, poster A26: Proteomic analysis of secreted surface proteins in S-layer forming species of the Lactobacillus acidophilus complex

F. Hugenholtz, Wageningen University, Department of Laboratory of Microbiology, poster D034: Unravelling the fate of dietary fibers in the murine cecum

W. Kot, University of Copenhagen, Department of Biology, poster F013: Development of a method for tracking industrial important strains of Lactococcus lactis

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Date 26-09-12
LABIP awards at the Final Cross-Talk Symposium
The ITN Cross-Talk has organized its final Symposium in Paris on September 3-4 2012 entitled “The Disruption of the War Metaphor of Human-Microbe Interactions in the Gastrointestinal Tract”. With this meeting a highly interesting EU financed project has ended, in which LABIP was an associated partner. LABIP has played a key role in the training programme of the ITN. By our contribution we have ensured that the requirements for career development in industry and the possibilities for research in industry have been covered. Our activities have given the 17 research fellows an insight in the opportunities for a (research) career in industry, while the LABIP members had the possibility to interact with a group of high quality young scientists in the area of the human gut – microbiota interactions, as well to follow the latest results in this fascinating area of research, so relevant for the food industry.
At this final Symposium, Aat Ledeboer has given, on behalf of LABIP, the last 2 prizes of 300 € each for the best oral presentation and best poster. The poster award was given to Frank Duca, a PhD student from INRA, Joy-en-Josas, entitled “Replication of obesity and associated signalling pathways through gut microbiota transfer”. The price was given for the very convincing way it was presented as well as for the intriguing research results. The award for the best oral presentation was given to the Cross-Talk fellow Agata Korecka, who is doing her PhD at the Karolinski Univeristy in Sweden.


Date 23-02-12
Horizon 2020
The EU is discussing the new framework programme for research funding until 2020. The programme is called Horizon 2020. A link to the website of the programme can be found under “Links “as well as Websites of other organisations of interest for LABIP. Find herewith also the links to 3 documents of interest:
The Green Paper
Presentation Horizon 2020
Programme Horizon 2020

Date 03-10-11
Cross-Talk Summer School in Wageningen
From 12 to 16 September 2011 the third Network Meeting of the ITN Cross-Talk has been held in Wageningen, The Netherlands. The first 2 days consisted of scientific presentations on the interaction of the gut microbiota and the host with among others short presentations of all fellows on their research and chaired by one of the other fellows. This formula led to a highly interactive meeting with a lot of scientific debate among the fellows and their supervisors. During the last 3 days the third and final Summerschool was held, organized by LABIP. At the first day the group of 16 fellows visited the Dutch Dairy Institute, NIZO in Ede, where they listened to peresentations of young NIZO scientists and where 3 of the fellows presented on their research in Cross-Talk. After a short tour through the building and the pilot plant and a lunch, the group went to the Yakult factory in Almere. The fellows clearly were impressed by the high quality standards of the factory and also by the scientific presentations. Back in Wageningen they were given a traditional Dutch pancake meal. The second day of Summerschool a Career Perspectives Workshop was given by professional trainers. Also LABIP members were involved during the job interviews. The fellows considered this to be very valuable for their career development especially since most of them now are at the end of their PhD period. The last day of Summerschool focused on health claims, the role of EFSA was discussed.

Date 08-09-11
LABIP Awards at LAB10 Symposium
During the Tenth Symposium on Lactic Acid Bacteria, held from August 28 till September 1 2011 in Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, LABIP has offered for the third time an award of 2000 € for the Mid-Career Senior Scientist and 3 awards of 500 € for the best posters. The awards were presented by the LABIP Chairman Esben Laulund and all are based on outstanding excellence in LAB research with industrial relevance.
The award for the Mid-Career Senior Scientist was given to Sylvain Moineau, University of Laval, Canada, on his longstanding research on LAB bacteriophages and specifically for his recent outstanding and innovative research, together with researchers from Danisco, on the CRISPR/Cas bacterial immune system against bacteriophages. Sylvain joins herewith the winners from 2005 and 2008, Michiel Kleerebezem and Joel Doré.
The best poster awards were given to:
Herwich Bachman, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands entitled “Opening up the full potential of genome-scale modeling through a novel selection method”
Rebecca Wall, TEAGASC, Moorepark, Ireland entitled “Contrasting effects of B. breve DPC6330 and B. breve NCIMB702258 on fatty acid metabolism and gut microbiota composition”
Damien Dandoy, UCL, Louvain la Neuve, Belgium entitled “Conversion from slow to fast milk acidification through natural transfer of the cell-envelope proteinase prtS gene in S. thermophilus strains”.


Date 11-05-11
LABIP Prizes at Cross-Talk workshop in Milan
LABIP has given 2 prizes of 300 € each for the best oral presentation and best poster at the Cross-Talk workshop “Lessons from Host-Pathogens Interactions” held in Milan, Italy April 28-29, 2011. The poster prize was given to the Cross-Talk fellow Krzysztof Regulski on “The influence of peptidoglycan metabolism in L. casei on its immunomodulatory properties”. The prize was given as well for the quality of the poster, its content and on the excellent, convincing way it was presented. The oral presentation prize was given to Mariangela Cavarelli, a young postdoc from the San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan who was invited to present on “Dendritic cells mediate the selective transmission of R5 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 through the intestinal mucosa”. This prize was given for the excellent way it was presented, its contents and the excellent slides.

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