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ISAPP Newsletter – June 2021

The ISAPP 2021 virtual annual meeting, held June 1-3, 2021, had over 350 live participants joining to hear about topics including novel prebiotics, probiotic-centered interventions for viral diseases and multiple perspectives on postbiotics. Next week, look for recordings of many of the talks on the ISAPP website. Don’t miss the next ISAPP event that is open to all: a mini-symposium on gut fungi and their role in human health, scheduled for July 1st.

Above you'll see our new logo, which was unveiled at the annual meeting. ISAPP's new look reflects the evolution of the organization and reinforces the message that we are dedicated to bringing together science, microbes and health. Read more about it below.

In this newsletter we also share some important announcements from our annual meeting: Prof. Glenn Gibson, longtime ISAPP board member and co-creator of the prebiotic concept, is retiring from the ISAPP board and turning his attention to other pursuits. He has left his mark on the organization in so many ways.

Check out the two winners of ISAPP’s inaugural early career researcher prize in the blog post below. Congratulations to Irina Spacova, University of Antwerp, Belgium, and Car Reen Kok, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, USA.

A new blog post summarizes a recent members-only webinar on the ‘biotics’ definitions, offering a summary of the main points and a list of concepts that require further discussion.

We also share a blog post highlighting the role that pharmacists can play in probiotic recommendations to consumers. If you’re a pharmacist, please sign up for our pharmacists’ newsletter here to receive educational resources and updates on probiotics and related substances.

ISAPP would like to thank the members of the Students and Fellows Association (SFA) who presented their exciting work at the ISAPP annual meeting! In a blog post below, SFA executive member Daragh Hill shares her experience of finishing a PhD during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ISAPP unveils new logo as 20th anniversary approaches

ISAPP has a new look! With 2022 marking the 20th anniversary of the organization, ISAPP has just unveiled its new logo and tagline. The updated visuals better reflect the primary mission of ISAPP: connecting science, microbes and health.

ISAPP thanks Prof. Glenn Gibson as he retires from the organization’s board of directors

ISAPP as we know it today would not exist without the longtime support of Prof. Glenn Gibson. ISAPP’s Executive Science Officer, Dr. Mary Ellen Sanders, offers this tribute to Prof. Gibson as he steps down from the ISAPP board of directors this June.

ISAPP’s Inaugural Early Career Researcher Prize Awarded to Two Rising Star Probiotic Scientists

ISAPP is pleased to announce the two winners of the inaugural Early Career Researcher Prize: Irina Spacova and Car Reen Kok! The two deserving recipients will receive a cash prize and a speaking slot at the next ISAPP annual meeting.

Follow up from ISAPP webinar – Probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, postbiotics and fermented foods: how to implement ISAPP consensus definitions

ISAPP recently held a webinar for members on how to implement the consensus definitions of the ‘biotics’ substances. This blog post summarizes the presentations and highlights a few issues for further discussion by the ISAPP community.

Pharmacists as influencers of probiotic use

When a doctor or dietitian recommends a probiotic product, sometimes it's the pharmacist who influences a consumer’s ultimate decision. This blog post features an interview with two pharmacist-educators, Dragana Skokovic-Sunjic and Nardine Nakhla, who explain the ways in which pharmacists influence consumer decisions about over-the-counter products, including probiotics.

Lab to Laptop: How to finish a PhD in a pandemic

She was almost finished her PhD – until the lab in Ireland was abruptly shuttered, preventing her from performing the final required experiments. In this post on the Students and Fellows Association blog, Daragh Hill explains how she had to change course in order to complete her PhD when the global pandemic hit in 2020.
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