An interview with Prof. Seppo Salminen
ISAPP President 2018-2021
1) What are your goals as the next president of ISAPP?
My goal is to work together with the board and the members to advance excellence in the science of probiotics and prebiotics and to share research and conclusions with as wide an audience as possible. It is also my goal to leverage ISAPP’s scientific expertise to work with organizations to promote evidence-based applications of probiotics and prebiotics to advance health and well-being of people.
2) What do you hope to see the organization accomplish during your tenure?
ISAPP is engaged now in North America, Europe and Asia so maybe we can be really be global and reach out to South America and connect with researchers in Africa as we have done with Professor Reid earlier. I would like to work toward common goals with more industrial, scientific and regulatory experts from different parts of the world.
3) What changes do you foresee in the field of probiotics and prebiotics in the next few years?
I foresee rapid development in probiotics and prebiotics. There will be novel microorganisms developed and novel sources of prebiotics and this direction leads to challenges in safety evaluation and efficacy demonstration as well as communication of the results to larger audiences.
4) How did you originally become involved in ISAPP?
I was originally invited to one ISAPP meeting, then to the next one, then to the third one and at the end was invited to be a member of the board, which I considered a special honour!
5) Which ISAPP meeting was your favorite so far?
They all have been excellent, but some I remember (each for different reasons) are the ones in Barcelona, New York, Chicago and Berkeley – and now Singapore. Of course, the one in Turku, Finland as well – when you help organize a meeting like that you certainly remember even on a minute-by-minute basis.
Thank you Prof. Salminen and welcome!