Reid Named Fellow of Royal Society of Canada
Prof. Gregor Reid, PhD, a founding board member of ISAPP, a former President of ISAPP and the current advisor to the ISAPP Students and Fellows Association (SFA), was recently named a Fellow by the Royal Society of Canada. This honor was bestowed by his peers in recognition of outstanding scientific achievement. Prof. Reid has been a leader in the probiotic field since the 1980s. When most of his peers were investigating the impact of probiotics on gut health, his innovative research focused on Lactobacillus probiotics targeting urinary tract and vaginal health. Recently, he has worked to bring affordable probiotic foods to developing countries. His out-of-the-box thinking has benefited ISAPP greatly throughout the years. He championed the creation of the SFA, he created the crowd favorite rapid-fire Late Breaking News session at the ISAPP annual meetings, and he has published more ISAPP reviews, commentaries and letters to the editor than any other individual board member. Gregor has hosted two ISAPP annual meetings: in 2002, the very first ISAPP meeting and in 2008 – again ahead of the times – when he showcased a speaker on the Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media, exposing many meeting attendees to Twitter for the first time. He has more than once hired professional comedians to entertain at the ISAPP meetings and can always be counted on for his jovial demeanor when it’s time to unwind after a hard day’s work. Congratulations, Gregor, for being recognized as an outstanding scientist and thank you for being an outstanding contributor to ISAPP.