The 2020 virtual meeting featured a variety of live and pre-recorded sessions over 2 days.

On the first day, Bonnie Schmidt from Let’s Talk Science provided perspective on strategies to communicate science to a range of stakeholders. This theme was carried forward immediately into an interactive “Springboard” session.

­ISAPP 2020 annual meeting virtual program

The virtual ISAPP 2020 annual meeting was open to speakers, 2020 IAC members, and eligible Students and Fellows Association (SFA) members.

All recorded events are available on a password-protected page from the release date through December 31, 2020.

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The ISAPP annual meeting program consisted of (1) live sessions and (2) recorded sessions.

Live event times in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (UTC-4), or New York Time


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

10:00-11:25 am

ISAPP welcome, Seppo Salminen, University of Turku, Finland

Introduction, Gregor Reid, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Keynote lecture: Own the message, Bonnie Schmidt, Let’s Talk Science, London, Canada

Summary of learning for ISAPP, Chris Cifelli

11:25-11:40 am


11:40 am -12:00 pm

Virtual Springboard session opening comments: Effectively communicating probiotic and prebiotic science: what are the ways forward? Glenn Gibson, University of Reading, UK. Session description.

12:00-12:55 pm

Virtual springboard concurrent discussions
Session A: Messaging for the general public, Glenn Gibson, Mary Ellen Sanders, Luana Langlois
Session B: Messaging for scientists and nutrition professionals, Gregor Reid, Brendan Daisley
Session C: Messaging for physicians, Dan Merenstein, Colin Hill, Karen Scott
Session D: Messaging for traditional media and social media, Chris Cifelli, Kristina Campbell, Maria Marco

12:55-1:15 pm

Virtual springboard summary, Glenn Gibson, Dan Merenstein, Gregor Reid, Chris Cifelli

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Discussion group written summaries will be posted here by 8:00 am EDT (New York Time) on June 5, 2020.

8:00-9:30 am

Virtual discussion group: How your gut microbiota can help protect against viral infections, Karen Scott & Sarah Lebeer

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Virtual discussion group: Environmental probiotics, Gregor Reid & Greg Gloor



ISAPP president’s update, Seppo Salminen, University of Turku, Finland

Consensus Panel Updates

Synbiotics consensus panel, Kelly Swanson, University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana, USA

Fermented foods consensus panel, Maria Marco, University of California – Davis, USA

Postbiotics consensus panel, Gabriel Vinderola, UNL-CONICET, Santa Fe, Argentina

Short talks

Update of the taxonomy of the Lactobacillus genus complex, Sarah Lebeer University of Antwerp, Belgium

ESPGHAN recommendations on probiotics for preterm infants and for acute gastroenteritis, Hania Szajewska, Medical University of Warsaw, Poland

Asian recommendations on probiotics, Reuben Wong, National University of Singapore, Singapore

AGA recommendations on probiotics for GI conditions, Geoffrey Preidis, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA

Plenary lectures

Microbial ecology: a framework for understanding probiotics/prebiotics, Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe, Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada

Prebiotics and degenerative neurological disease, Ali Keshavarzian, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, USA

Precision microbiome modulation through discrete chemical carbohydrate structures, Jens Walter, University College Cork, Ireland

What’s new in gut phage? Colin Hill, APC Microbiome, University College Cork, Ireland

Late breaking news

Criteria to qualify microorganisms as ‘probiotic’ in foods and dietary supplements, Arthur Ouwehand, DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences, Finland

ISAPP videos and infographics – translations, Roberta Grimaldi, GSK Consumer Healthcare

IAC Research Talks

Production of postbiotic metabolites by infant-type Human-Residential Bifidobacteria (HRB) and their health potentials in infant gut, Jin-zhong Xiao, Morinaga Milk Industry Co.

Integrating video camera endoscopy technology in probiotics research, Andrea Doolan, Atlantia Food Clinical Trials

Vitamins for the gut microbiome, Wilbert Sybesma, DSM Nutritional Products, Switzerland

Students and Fellows Association (SFA) Lightning Talks

Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 protects from airway hyperreactivity and gut microbiome shift in a mouse asthma model, Irina Spacova, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Anti-allergic and immunomodulatory effect of oral administration of high conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) producing Butyrivibrio fibrisolvens F-7 in mice sensitized with ova-albumin, Anima Srivastava, Amity University, India.

Assessment of Commercial Kefir Products for Label Accuracy of Microbial Composition and Quantity, Breanna Metras, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Topically applied lactobacilli have anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects in inflammatory skin conditions, Lize Delanghe, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Fishing for the right probiotic: Improving gut barrier function in salmonids to reduce pathogen susceptibility and increase aquaculture production yield, Luana S. Langlois, Western University, Canada.

Anti-proliferation Effects of Lactobacillus spp. of human origin on colon cancer cells, Roya Ghanavati, Behbahan Faculty of Medical Sciences, Iran.

Exploring the potential of probiotics to eliminate urogenital malodour: a metabolomics approach, Scarlett Puebla-Barragán, Western University, Canada.

In-vitro anti-inflammatory effect of a probiotic candidate bacteria secreted protein fraction, Shrijana Shakya, Hiroshima University, Japan.

“ProBioPred” an online server for the prediction of a potential probiotic candidate using machine-learning approach, Vikas Ghattargi, National Centre for Cell Science, India.

Thank you to our 2020 ISAPP Industry Advisory Committee Members