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International Yakult Symposium



The 9th International Yakult Symposium will be held on the 19th and 20th April 2018 in Ghent, Belgium.

REGISTRATION OPEN! Early bird rates available until 28th Feb.


Speakers include Professor Colin Hill (University College Cork, Ireland), Professor Julian Marchesi (Imperial College London, UK) and Dr Masanobu Nanno (Yakult Central Institute, Japan).

For the full programme and to register, visit or contact us.


Previous International Yakult Symposia

2015 (Berlin, Germany) Probiotics: a proactive approach health. The report of this symposium has now been published as an open access paper. Reprints can also be ordered  by contacting

2013 (London, UK) The Intestinal Microbiota and Probiotics: Exploiting their Influence on Health (2-23 April)

A report on this event has now been published: Thomas LV et al (2014) Exploring the influence of the gut microbiota and probiotics on health: a symposium report. Br J Nutrition 112(S1):S1-S18. Reprints can be ordered by contacting The paper can also be accessed on the BJN website.


The symposium was held at the Queen Elizabeth II conference near Westminster Abbey, with dinner at Church House opposite. The event was approved by the Society of Biology for purposes of CPD by the Institute of Biomedical Science and the Association for Nutrition. Some photos of the event can be downloaded here


2011 (Austria) The Gut and Its Role in Health Maintenance (26-27 May)
Please contact us for a reprint of the symposium report: Thomas & Ockhuizen (2012) New insights into the impact of the intestinal microbiota on health and disease: a symposium report. Br J Nutrition 107 (Suppl 1): S1-S13.

2009 (Amsterdam): The Gut and More. Probiotic Influences Beyond the Gut. (18-19 June)

2007 (Verona): The Gut, Immune Modulation and Probiotics (22-23 Nov)

2005 (Ghent): Understanding the Role of Probiotics in Health (13-14 Oct)

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