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2017-2018 Dannon Yogurt, Probiotics and the Gut Microbiome Fellowship Grant

Dannon, as part of DanoneWave Public Benefit Corporation, is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2017-2018 Dannon Yogurt, Probiotics and the Gut Microbiome Fellowship Grant. The grant offers a unique educational opportunity for a graduate student who shows a strong interest in the research of the gut microbiome’s impact on human health and well-being and/or the nutritional and functional benefits of yogurt and probiotics. Two winners will be awarded $25,000 each, payable to their educational institutions, for their tuition or research-related projects. Furthermore, Dannon Fellows are connected to each other through this scholarship, encouraging collaboration, communication, and future opportunity in the field. We are proud to support future generations of researchers and scientists.

The Dannon Fellowship Grant was established in 2012 to better understand the role of probiotics and yogurt in human health and was expanded in 2016 to include the role of the gut microbiome. The study of the gut microbiome is an exciting and rapidly emerging area of scientific exploration and there is still much to discover.

The 2017-2018 Dannon Yogurt, Probiotics and the Gut Microbiome Fellowship Grant applications must be received by February 15, 2018 for consideration. The winning applicants will be determined by a cross-functional panel of experts, including:

  • Mary Ellen Sanders, Ph.D., Dairy and Food Culture Technologies Consultant, and Executive Director of the International Scientific Association of Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP)
  • Daniel Merenstein, M.D., Associate Professor and Director of Research Programs at the Departments of Family Medicine at the Georgetown University Medical Center
  • Muriel Derrien, Ph.D., Senior Scientist – Gut Microbiota, Danone Nutricia Research
  • Miguel Freitas, Ph.D., Vice President of Scientific Affairs, The DanoneWave Company

Since its inception, the Dannon Fellowship Grant has enabled six scientists to make strides in the fields of biology, health sciences, nutrition, yogurt and probiotics. The Dannon Fellows include:

  • 2016 Winner (one of two grants awarded): Erin Davis of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was granted funds for her study of probiotic yogurt consumption during breastfeeding on the immune and microbial composition of the milk, as well as on maternal and infant gut microbiota.
  • 2016 Winner (one of two grants awarded): Haley Chatelaine of The Ohio State University earned the grant to advance the field by using cutting-edge analyses to identify the chemical signature of probiotic yogurt.
  • 2015 Winner: Micah Eimerbrink, Experimental Psychology doctoral candidate at Texas Christian University focusing on Behavioral Neuroscience. He used the funds to collaborate with Dr. Jonathan Oliver’s Kinesiology lab to investigate the use of probiotics to reduce the psychological and physiological indicators of stress in military personnel.
  • 2014 Winner: Amanda Ford, University of Florida, used the grant to investigate the effects of protein fermentation on the human microbiota and on different measures of digestive health both with and without probiotic consumption. Ford is now conducting a clinical research study to investigate these effects in older adults given a higher protein diet.
  • 2013 Winner: Kurt Selle, North Carolina State University Functional Genomics doctoral candidate within the Food Science, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science Department. He used the funds to develop technology for studying the adaptation of fermentative microbes to milk, publishing his findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and presenting the results at the 11th International Symposium on Lactic Acid Bacteria as an invited speaker. Since receiving the award, to date, Selle has presented research at four international conferences and published eight research articles.
  • 2012 Winner: Nicholas Bokulich, doctoral candidate with the Dr. David Mills Research Group at University of California, Davis. He applied the funds towards researching the use of foods as a delivery vector for beneficial bacteria in the human diet. This work led to several publications investigating the microbiome, food production and human health. Nicholas is currently a postdoctoral fellow at New York University Langone Medical Center.

For additional information and qualification requirements, please refer to the application here. We look forward to reviewing your application!