Journal of Food Microbiology

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The Journal of Food Microbiology, a newly coined Open Access, peer reviewed International journal, is pleased to announce the upcoming special issue on "Synbiotics: a combination of Prebiotics and Probiotics to improve gut microbioma and to prevent and fight diverse diseases”. Even though the consumption of food supplements obtained by fermentation of milk with microorganisms has been used for centuries based on the popular concept that they exhibit valuable benefits on diseases prevention, the use of probiotics as functional supplements is growing worldwide. At least part of this interest on prebiotics, probiotics and synbiotics has been favored by the current phenomenal number of discoveries and publications on the field of gut microbiota, reaching thousands of review articles in the last 2 years. In agreement with the scope of this journal and with the present research scenario it is a timely opportunity to publish finished or part of your ongoing research about synbiotics, considered the main nutritional modulators of gut microbiota.  Therefore, we invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles to be published in this special issue. We encourage expertise investigators in this field to submit manuscripts with data from basic research, translational and clinical setting studies which is focused on the mechanisms and beneficial effects of prebiotics, probiotics and synbiotics on gut dysbiosis, prevention and treatment of systemic diseases. Peer reviewed and accepted articles showing relevant scientific evidences about the beneficial effects of therapies advancing our understanding of synbiotics functional food will be rapidly published. See below the key features and timeline for publication in this special issue -

Potential features include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Advances in experimental and clinical research on the interaction gut microbiota and chronic systemic diseases
  • Results of data identifying therapeutic actions of new probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics
  • How genetic and environmental influences gut microbiota
  • How diet influences gut microbiota
  • New evidences about the beneficial effects and mechanisms of probiotics on gut dysbiosis
  • How gut microbiota helps to prevent and ameliorates neurodegenerative cardiovascular, metabolic and neurologic diseases
  • Beneficial nutritional intervention studies for ageing related disease and for aging and aging related disease
  • Suggestion of new practical diet based on synbiotics for improving health
  • Scientific contributions of investigations and nutrition professionals working in industry

Handling Editor: Elisardo C Vasquez, Full Professor, Vila Velha University, Brazil

Elisardo C Vasquez

Short biography
Professor Vasquez received his Ph.D. degree from the School of Medicine of the University of Sao Paulo (1981). In his post-doctorate, he was trained at the Michel Brody and Alan Kim Johnson laboratories at the University of Iowa (USA, 1989-1991 and 1997-2000), with grants from NASA, NAVY and NIH. He received the title of Professor Emeritus from the Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil. Currently, he is a full professor at the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program of the Vila Velha University, Brazil. He is member of the editorial board of Journal of Translational Medicine (section of nutrition and metabolism) and Journal of Food Microbiology. His translational research is focused on mechanisms of endothelial dysfunction, imbalance of ROS/NO and impaired control of cardiovascular function using experimental models of arterial hypertension, atherosclerosis, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases. His main publications in the last 5 years includes studies on the interaction of gut microbiota with systemic chronic diseases. He has published 141 indexed international articles, including 16 invited reviews. In addition to his research, he has taught for 30 years and mentor 25 MSc and 20 PhD students during his long and continuing career. He has been publicly recognized by the governmental agencies for his administrative contribution to the development and consolidation of post-graduation programs and for the outstanding research.