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ISAPP Newsletter – April 2021

Welcome to ISAPP’s April newsletter. We open this edition with a special invitation to register for the open portion of ISAPP's virtual annual meeting, to be held June 1st and 2nd, 2021! Join the ISAPP community for an exciting lineup of expert talks and a one-of-a-kind Q&A session with longtime ISAPP-associated scientists in probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics and fermented foods from both academia and industry.

In our featured blog post this month, ISAPP board member Prof. Hania Szajewska, MD provides a guide for healthcare professionals about what to do when probiotic recommendations from different medical organizations do not agree.

Make sure you watch (or re-watch) our educational video on fermented foods, updated according to the ISAPP scientific consensus definition published last year in Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology.

Cash prize, paid travel and a top honor! The ISAPP Early Career Scientist Research Prize 2021 is open for applications (deadline is April 30th, 2021). Senior scientists please share, and early career scientists please apply for, this award.

There are two important updates and announcements from the Students and Fellow Association (SFA) this month. In regard to the upcoming 2021 Annual Meeting, SFA is now accepting abstract submissions with special attention given to research topics addressing the role of probiotics in vaccine development and COVID-19 immunity, the latest breaking news on the gut-brain axis, and challenges associated with postbiotic formation regulation. There will be four 15 minutes slots available for SFA members. SFA members who are interested in presenting their latest research are encouraged to email a title, 250-word abstract, and speaker details to by April 28th. Also, there will be an exciting series of blog posts beginning this month in which SFA members share their unique experiences traversing graduate school during a global pandemic. Check out for the latest updates.

Registration is now open for the 2021 virtual annual meeting

Registration is now open for the 2021 virtual annual meeting

By popular demand, ISAPP is pleased to announce that part of the program for our 2021 virtual annual meeting will be open to all! The program is tailored for healthcare professionals as well as scientists, trainees, and others interested in probiotic and prebiotic science. Registration is free, and will grant you access to the talks plus a virtual networking session with the ‘who’s who’ of ISAPP. Spaces are limited, so register now and mark your calendars for June 1st & 2nd!
What’s a Clinician to do When the Probiotic Recommendations from Medical Organizations Do Not Agree?

What’s a Clinician to do When the Probiotic Recommendations from Medical Organizations Do Not Agree?

Medical organizations should be commended for reviewing the evidence to advise clinicians on probiotic use, but what happens when the guidelines of different organizations do not agree? In this blog post, Prof. Hania Szajewska, MD outlines the reasons why guidelines sometimes do not agree, and gives recent examples of disparate recommendations on probiotics for pediatric acute diarrhea and probiotics for the prevention of necrotizing enterocolitis.

ISAPP educational video: What are fermented foods?

Our featured resource this month is our popular fermented foods video, now updated to reflect last year's ISAPP scientific consensus definition paper! Check it out here: narration in English, with subtitles in multiple languages.

ISAPP invites you to apply for the inaugural Early Career Scientist Research Prize 2021

Are you an early career scientist? Prof. Glenn Gibson and other ISAPP board members are pleased to announce the inaugural ISAPP Early Career Scientist Research Prize! This year's prize, which includes cash and a speaking opportunity, will be awarded for work that advances the science of probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, fermented foods, or postbiotics. Find the details here, and apply by April 30th, 2021.
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