Virtual annual meeting schedule

June 1 – 3, 2021

All times listed in New York time.
Green shaded items are open to all. Other items are open only to ISAPP industry / student members and invited guests.

June 1

10:00-10:15 AM

ISAPP welcome

Seppo Salminen, ISAPP President, University of Turku, Finland

PLENARY SESSION: Probiotics and prebiotics for the brain

10:15-10:45 AM

Targeting the microbiota-gut-brain axis: Towards evidence based approaches for metabolic and mental health

Harriët Schellekens, University College Cork, Ireland

10:45-11:15 AM

Prebiotics and degenerative neurological disease

Ali Keshavarzian, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, USA

11:15-11:30 AM

ISAPP Students and Fellows Association selected talk: Blautia spp. Attenuates Gastrointestinal Toxicity Induced by 5-Fluorouracil Treatment

Rita Ferreira, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

11:30-11:45 AM



11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

ISAPP activities and industry collaboration


Seppo Salminen, ISAPP President, University of Turku, Finland

Marla Cunningham, ISAPP IAC Representative

Mary Ellen Sanders, ISAPP Executive Science Officer

12:30-1:00 PM

Overview of ISAPP’s initiative to engage with pharmacists

Kristina Campbell, communications director

Dragana Skokovic-Sunjic, BScPhm, RPh, NCMP, Clinical Pharmacist and Author of Clinical Guide to Probiotic Products, Canada and US

June 2

PLENARY SESSION: Probiotics, COVID and vaccines

10:00-10:30 AM

Probiotic COVID trials

Paul Wischmeyer, Duke University, USA

10:30-11:00 AM

Use of genetically engineered probiotic vaccines to prevent COVID

Gregg Dean, Colorado State University, USA

11:00-11:15 AM

ISAPP Students and Fellows Association selected talk: Topical lactobacilli against respiratory viruses and their clinical application in COVID-19

Irina Spacova & Ilke De Boek, University of Antwerp, Belgium

11:15-11:30 AM




Ask us anything, we dare you

Glenn Gibson, Bob Hutkins, Gregor Reid, Irene Lenoir-Wijnkoop, Mary Ellen Sanders


12:30-1:00 PM

Video networking with participants, speakers and board members

June 3

PLENARY SESSION: Advances in probiotic and prebiotic development

10:00-10:30 AM

Lactulose, AXOS, Aleurone and Apples – prebiotics are prebiotics, apples are apples

Kieran Tuohy, Fondazione Edmund Mach – Istituto Agrario San Michele All’Adige, Italy

10:30-11:15 AM

Postbiotics: scientific, industry, and regulatory perspectives

  • Introduction
  • Definition and implications
  • Industry perspectives
  • Regulatory challenges

Sarah Lebeer, Gabriel Vinderola, Patrice Cani, Seppo Salminen


11:15-11:30 AM

ISAPP Students and Fellows Association selected talk: Can topical cream containing Lactobacilli control body odor?

Victoria Onwuliri, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria

11:30-11:45 AM

ISAPP Industry member selected talk: Extracellular membrane vesicles of Limosilactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 – Effects in host interaction models and a tentative link to relief of infantile colic

Ludwig Lundqvist, BioGaia, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

11:45 AM-12:00 PM

ISAPP Students and Fellows Association selected talk: Probiotic supplementation accelerates gut microbiome maturation in extremely preterm infants

Shirin Moossavi, University of Calgary, Canada

12:00-12:15 PM

ISAPP Industry member selected talk: A potential novel prebiotic – Gellan oligosaccharide

Beinta Marr, CP Kelco 

12:15-12:30 PM

ISAPP wrap-up

Dan Merenstein, incoming ISAPP President, Georgetown University Medical Center, USA


12:30-1:00 PM

Networking with IAC members, speakers / invited guests, SFA members and board members