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SME Specific MeasuresQuality of Life and Management of Living Resources

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-01336

AcronymINFIG

Proposal titleINTRODUCTION OF NORMAL FLORA TO INFANT GASTROINTESTINAL TRACTS

AbstractThere is an increasing frequency of food allergy and intolerance in infants in the developed

world. A substantial bodyof evidence suggests that this increase is due to the failure of the

'priming' activities of the normal flora of humanintestinal tracts on the immature immune

system in advanced societies. This may be caused by over hygienicconditions in hospitals,

use of antibiotics and other modern techniques in infancy. This project aims to produce a

nutritional supplement containing probiotioc bacteria isolated from the bacterial flora of

the infant gastrointestinal tract. These will prime the gastrointestinal tract to promote the

optimal maturation of theinfant gut mucosal immune system and minimise subsequent

allergic sensitivities. The project will thus enhance thehealth of infants suffering from

food allergy and intolerance - an important section of the population.Research

objectives are to identify key micro-organisms; develop a product comprising these

micro-organisms; carryout safety testing and design and implement at least three clinical

trials of the product before launching it in the marketplace.

Key ActionQOL-1.   Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date20/12/2000End date20/12/2001

Intended Step 2 projectCooperative Research (CRAFT)Duration Exploratory Phase6 months

SME CoordinatorDR SUE PLUMMERCompany sizeS3

CULTECH LIMITED

YORK CHAMBERS, YORK STREET

SA1 3NJ - SWANSEA

United Kingdom

Phone: 4401639825100

Fax: 01639825101

Email: cultech@btinternet.com

SME Proposer(s)

TERAPI CONSULT.AS.NorwayS2

Last update18/6/2001

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