The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) convened a 4th by-invitation meeting June 16-18, 2006. Hosted by Dr. Ian Rowland on the campus of the modern University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, 84 scientists from 19 countries and four continents. The meeting included four presentations in the Plenary Session by Jeff Leach (Paleobiotics Lab, Silver City NM), Alexander Swidsinski (The University Hospital Charité of the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany), Phil Sherman (Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Canada), and Lesley Houghton (University of Manchester, UK). This Plenary Session was followed by an informal session highlighting controversies in the probiotic and prebiotic fields, and a Late Breaking News session featuring 5 minute talks by selected scientists on new developments in their laboratories. The signature event for these meetings is discussion sessions which were held the following day on the topics of: Probiotics as anti-infectives: prevention and adjunct therapy, chaired by Gregor Reid; Influence of culture preparation, delivery matrix and encapsulation/co-encapsulation on probiotic and prebiotic functionality, co-chaired by Paul Ross and Claude Champagne; Probiotics and prebiotics for the control of colorectal cancer: facts and promises, co-chaired by Ian Rowland and Francisco Guarner ; Mechanisms of gut flora, probiotic and prebiotic influence on sites distant from the intestinal tract, co-chaired by Mary Ellen Sanders and Irene Lenoir; Animal uses for probiotics and prebiotics: impact on antibiotic use, chaired by Bob Rastall; Functional genomics of probiotics, chaired by Jim Versalovic; and What determines the bacteria we inherit?, co-chaired by Glenn Gibson and Karen
Scott. A report from the 2006 meeting titled “Probiotics and prebiotics – strain selection, dosage, functionality, omics and applications” has been prepared by Gregor Reid and submitted for publication in Trends in Microbiology. Other publications summarizing conclusions from certain individual groups are also forthcoming. Click here for the complete 2006 scientific program
In 2005, the ISAPP Board of Directors decided to try to expand ISAPP’s reach beyond the past presence in North America and Europe. Especially of interest was to expand scientific communication to regions of the world not easily able to participate in state-of-the-art conferences on probiotics and prebiotics. Toward this end, we are now pleased to report that we have helped set up or will be participating in conferences or mini-symposia in several locations:
In addition to these activities, we are exploring additional action items:
3rd Meeting of ISAPP Held in Colorado August 28-31, 2004
The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) met for the 3rd time to discuss the latest scientific developments in this rapidly growing field. This by-invitation meeting, surrounded by the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains in Copper Mountain Colorado August 29-31 2004, convened 84 invited scientists from 13 countries. Presentations by Joel Weinstock (University of Iowa), Thadeus Stappenbeck (Washington University School of Medicine), Connie Weaver (Purdue University), Ian Rowland (Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health) and Peter Lee (Stanford University) covered a range of topics from use of helminthes to modulate immune dysregulation to probiotics bioengineered to improve resistance to HIV. Discussion sub-groups were convened for a full day on the topics of Engineered probiotics as therapeutics: formats and challenges; Host commensal interactions – who talks to whom and how; Omics technologies – exploration of the interaction of pro and prebiotics with the host; Hygiene and immune regulation; Biomarkers for healthy people; Prebiotic and probiotic applications to companion animals; Development of a probiotic dossier using science-based criteria and Physiological relevance of prebiotic activity. A report from the 2004 meeting has been prepared and submitted for publication (Sanders, ME, Guarner, F, Mills, D, Pot, B, Rafter, J, Rastall, R, Reid, G, Ringel, Y, Rowland, I, Saarela, M, and Tuohy, K. Selected Topics in Probiotics and Prebiotics: Meeting Report for the 2004 International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics. Current Issues Intestinal Microbiol., Submitted)
In addition to the academic participants, about 25 industry scientists participated in the meeting. Twenty companies committed to science-driven probiotic and prebiotic product development contributed financially and scientifically to the meeting. Most companies are members of the ISAPP Industry Advisory Committee. This body interacts closely with the ISAPP Board of Directors, identifying key scientific issues important to the advancement of this field.
ISAPP is a non-profit scientific organization incorporated in 2002. Meetings of ISAPP were held in Ontario Canada in 2002 and Henley-on-Thames , UK in 2003. More information on this organization can be found at the ISAPP website.
ISAPP convened an inaugural by-invitation workshop in London, Ontario May 3-5, 2002. A report on this meeting was published:
Groups from the 2002 meeting: