Renowned scientists from around the world gathered in Chantilly, near Paris, on June 19, 2012, for Lallemand Second Scientific Exchange on the Gut-Brain Axis. This topic was a rare occasion to gather in the same room neurobiologists, behavioural experts, microbiologists gastroenterologists, but also animal nutritionists. Indeed, as we learned in Chantilly, the communication between the brain and the gut, which is sometimes called “the second brain”, is a bidirectional dialogue that co-ordinates brain and gut functions.
However, if the relationship between the brain and the gut, has been known for a long time, Dr Theodorou from INRA in Toulouse, who chaired the symposium, explained in her introduction that new players have emerged along the way: the immune system, and, more recently, the microbiota, which has certainly been overlooked until now. Exciting data were presented about the great potential of probiotics to modulate the Gut-Brain Axis and, for example, to impact our response to stress and anxiety.
This meeting was also for Lallemand a great opportunity to gather the companies who distribute worldwide its stress-targeting probiotic, Probio’Stick®, as part of the company’s strategy to offer its partners sustained marketing and scientific support. Following the Scientific Exchange, a Partner’s Exchange session was the occasion for our partners to share marketing strategies used to promote this unique probiotic in their own market.