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Probiotics, the Microbiome, and Host Immune Response

Portrait of Dr. Hibberd

Credits: 1

Cost: Free

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the history of probiotics and why there is a conflict between study of probiotics as foods, dietary supplements and drugs in the US
  • Understand the range of available probiotics and the challenges in ensuring their safety
  • Understand how the study of the microbiome and 'omics may help us understand the mechanisms by which probiotics may exert their effects
  • Understand how probiotics may influence the immune response to vaccines administered to the mucosa such as the Live attenuated influenza vaccine

View Lecture

This lecture has been broken into eleven chapters and may be viewed by clicking on the links provided, beginning with Introduction to Probiotics, the Microbiome, and Host Immune Response.