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Gut Check: The Dietitian Download on Prebiotics and Probiotics
Both patients and healthcare professionals are often confused about the role of probiotics and prebiotics and their effect on the gut microbiome. Join two Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, Hannah Holscher, PhD, RD, Assistant Professor of Nutrition at the University of Illinois, and Elieke Kearns, PhD, RD, Principal Scientist at PepsiCo, as they clarify common misconceptions of probiotics and prebiotics, discuss how they work, and how and when to incorporate them into your practice.

Learning Objectives:
1. Define probiotics and explain why not all probiotics are the same
2. Define prebiotics and identify food-based sources
3. Discuss how probiotics and prebiotics work within the gut microbiota
4. Apply knowledge of both probiotics and prebiotics to make informed client and patient recommendations

This webinar has been approved for 1.0 CEU

Aug 12, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Elieke Kearns, PhD, RD
Principal Nutrition Scientist @PepsiCo
Dr. Elieke Kearns, is on a mission to make food less confusing through her nutrition research expertise, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) background, trade association experiences, innate curiosity and appreciation for all things food. Currently, Elieke is a Principal Nutrition Scientist at PepsiCo where she provides nutrition support for KeVita and all e- commerce brands that come out of The HIVE (PepsiCo’s innovation incubator focused on developing and accelerating growth of smaller, emerging brands). Previously, Elieke worked at RXBAR as the Manager of Scientific Affairs, and at the National Dairy Council as a Director of Nutrition Research. Elieke received her doctoral degree from the University of California, Davis where she completed her Ph.D. in Nutritional Biology with an emphasis in both Immunology as well as Biotechnology. She has a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from UC Davis and is a Registered Dietitian (RD).
Hannah Holscher, PhD, RD
Assistant Professor @University of Illinois
Dr. Hannah Holscher is a Registered Dietitian and an assistant professor of nutrition in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and a member of the Division of Nutritional Sciences, the Institute of Genomic Biology, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, where she has been a faculty member since 2015. Before joining the faculty, she completed postdoctoral training focused on the human microbiome, as well as a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences and a B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition at U of I. Using clinical and computational approaches, Dr. Holscher’s research integrates nutrition, gastrointestinal physiology, and the microbiome. Her research is contributing to a more comprehensive understanding of the impact of diet on the human gut microbiome, allowing us to move toward evidence-based recommendations for diet–microbiota-tailored therapies to improve human health.
Julie Meyer, MS, RDN
Founding Parter @Eat Well Global
Julie is the Founding Partner of Eat Well Global, a communication and consulting firm whose mission is to empower global change agents in food and nutrition. With more than two decades in nutrition and health communications, and having worked and run a business in China, Julie partners diverse knowledge and international expertise to merge strategic food and nutrition communications with enthusiasm, dedication, and attention to detail. As a B-Corp, Certified Woman-Owned Business (WBENC) and founding member of GA4HN communications and working with growing to globally recognized brands, Eat Well Global is realizing their vision of ‘A world where good nutrition is good business’.