In 2021, ISAPP launched the Early Career Researcher Prize. As this initiative was spearheaded by ISAPP co-founder and longtime board member Prof. Glenn Gibson, this award was renamed to honor him: “Glenn Gibson Early Career Researcher Prize”. The intent of this award is to recognize excellence in research in early career researchers in the fields of probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, postbiotics or fermented foods.

The 2023 call for applications is now closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s winner!

Past Winners 2021

Irina Spacova, PhD, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Irina studies topical probiotics, including those targeting the respiratory tract that may be applied via an effective, innovative delivery system, providing a means to expand probiotics to new body sites and novel health endpoints.
Car Reen Kok, PhD, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, USA
Car Reen’s research focuses on untangling factors leading to responsiveness or non-responsiveness to prebiotic interventions through metagenomics readouts. This line of research has great potential to personalize prebiotics, thereby increasing their effectiveness.

Past Winners 2022

Martin Laursen, PhD, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark
Martin has demonstrated excellence in his work on the impact of probiotics and human milk oligosaccharides on infant gut microbiota and health.

Eirini Dimidi, PhD, King’s College London, UK
Eirini has carried out important work on probiotics, prebiotics and fermented foods and their impact on symptoms of constipation.