Dr. Shahani’s work at the University of Nebraska covers 40 years and over 200 published papers. While this work was not condition-specific, Dr. Shahani laid the groundwork for isolating and manufacturing probiotics that maximize shelf stability, survivability through the stomach and viability in the colon.
While the benefit of probiotics and good bacteria in the colon is well established, there is also the issue of "persistence" after administration. This refers to the ability of the probiotic to implant and continue to exist in the colon long after supplementation. Over 95% of the existing commercial probiotics do not persist after administration. On the other hand, those probiotics that do persist are like the gift that keeps on giving.
Nebraska Cultures is focused on establishing proof of persistence for its DDS-1 and has a unique human clinical study currently underway at the University of Nebraska. Chief researcher and coauthor of the current study, Dr. Robert Hutkins (UNL Department of Food Science & Technology), while fully familiar with Dr. Shahani's pioneering work, is widely recognized as an expert in his own right in the field of probiotics.
Dr. Hutkins was a featured speaker at the prestigious International Probiotics Association World Congress in April of 2008, the Nutracon symposium in Anaheim, California in both 2008 and 2009, SupplySide West in 2009, and has been invited back for 2010.
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