10th Scientific Seminar on Prebiotics & Probiotics: Role in Promoting Gut Microbiota & Health – A Scientific and Regulatory Update

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hotel Istana


Gut microbiota refers to the microbe population living in our intestine and is made up of trillions of microorganisms including at least 1000 different species of known. Other species include fungi, parasites and viruses. In a healthy body, pathogenic and symbiotic microbiota coexist without problems. However, a disturbance in this balance caused for example by infectious illnesses, certain diets, or the prolonged use of antibiotics can result in dysbiosis. This can result in greater susceptibility to health problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, food allergies and food sensitivities.

The microbiota plays an important role in stimulating the immune system, provide protection from pathogenic organisms that enter the body and break down potentially toxic food compounds. It is also able to synthesise certain vitamins such as vitamin B12 and vitamin K. A healthy and balanced gut microbiota is key to ensuring proper digestive functioning. It helps the body to digest certain food components such as fibre that the stomach and small intestine are not able to digest.

The species composition of the intestinal microbiota is highly personalised and largely determined by various factors include family genes, environment, medication use and the diet. Many studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects of functional components in food, eg prebiotics and probiotics on the gut microbiota. The former are certain dietary fibres that can serve as “food” for beneficial bacteria to help promote the growth and activity of some “good” bacteria, thereby improving the functioning of microbiota. Probiotic foods, present in some fermented products, contain beneficial live microbes that may help gut microbiota keep its balance, integrity and diversity.


This seminar aims to:

  • Provide scientific updates on potential health benefits of prebiotics and probiotics in promoting balanced gut microbiota for the maintenance of human health.
  • Obtain in-depth understanding of the regulatory requirements for the use of prebiotics and probiotics in food in Malaysia
  • Understand status of research and development on prebiotics and probiotics and identify gaps in knowledge


ILSI SEA Region Malaysia Country Committee


Nutrition Society of Malaysia


1. Overview of the role of gut microbiota in human health and diseases

2. Updates on prebiotics and probiotics including health benefits and appropriate use in various conditions

3. Current status of prebiotics and probiotics and health claims in the Malaysian Food Regulations 1985

4. Technological considerations in the use of prebiotics and probiotics in food

6. Consumer perception on the use of prebiotics & probiotics

7. Recent research and development in prebiotics & probiotics


The e-flyer is available HERE


Registration fee covers seminar material, 2 refreshments and lunch

Please click HERE to register by 11 November 2017 to reserve your seats. All registration will only be confirmed upon receiving proof of payment. Seats are on a first-come-first-served basis.


Participants who are interested to present in the oral/poster session are invited to submit an abstract (200-300 words in MS Word format) via email no later than 7 October 2017.

For more information, contact: Dr Tee E Siong / Ms Muhaini Hussin / Ms Yvonne Chwee (03-5637 3526)
Email: estee@nutrihealth.com.my; nsm.scientificupdates@gmail.com; muhaini@versa-group.com; yvonne@versa-group.com