In 2023, the ISAPP board of directors launched the Sanders Award for Advancing Biotic Science to mark the retirement of ISAPP’s longtime Executive Director, Dr. Mary Ellen Sanders PhD. This award will be given annually to someone who has helped advance the biotics field, including probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, postbiotics and fermented foods.

Winner 2024

Dr. Maria Pía Taranto PhD, National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CERELA-CONICET), Argentina
Dr. Taranto leads the YOGURITO program, which delivers yogurt and other foods enriched with a probiotic to more than 200,000 lower income schoolchildren. For this program, Dr. Taranto and colleagues initially assessed candidate strains and selected L. rhamnosus CRL1505, and then led several preclinical and clinical studies demonstrating how it improves immune function.