Programme of IPC2018


For informatiom on pre-conference satellite symposia and workshops click:
40th SOMED 2018 Congress
Bacteriocins and Antimicrobial Peptides BAMP2018
Regulatory Workshop 
Animal Health Session
Japanese Traditions of Fermented Health Food


Plenary, Keynote and Invited Speakers at IPC2018

We are pleased to announce the confirmed plenary, keynote and invited speakers of IPC2018.

Plenary Speakers
Patrice Cani IPC

Patrice Cani, FRS-FNRS, Louvain Drug Research Institute, Metabolism and Nutrition, WELBIO, Brussels, Belgium

Title of presentation: "Identification and characterization of novel next-generation beneficial microbes: from the bench to the beside" 


Hania Szajewska

Hania Szajewska, Professor and Chair of the Department of Paediatrics at the Medical University of Warsaw

Title of presentation: "The role of meta-analysis in the evaluation of pro/prebiotics"

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Keynote Speakers
Kangmo Ahn IPC

Kangmo Ahn, Department of Pediatrics, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Title of presentation: "Clinical application of probiotics in the prevention and treatment of atopic dermatitis"


 Mario Guslandi

Mario Guslandi, Division of Gastroenterology & Digestive 
Endoscopy, S.Raffaele University Hospital, Milan, Italy

Title of presentation: "Probiotics for Diverticular Disease"


GwangPyo Ko IPC

GwangPyo KoSchool of Public Health, Center for Human and Environmental Microbiome, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

Title of presentation: "Multiomics approach for targeting novel probiotics"

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Toshifumi Ohkusa IPC

Toshifumi Ohkusa, Department of Microbiota Research, Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

Title of presentation: "Ulcerative Colitis, Gut Microbiota and Probiotics"


Invited Speakers
Andre buret IPC

Andre Buret, Associate Vice-President Research, University of Calgary, Canada

Title of presentation: "New oral Hydrogen Sulfide -releasing compounds to correct microbota dysbiosis and inflammation in Inflammatory Bowel Disease"


Yasuhiro Koga

Yasuhiro Koga, President, Japanese Society for Probiotic Science, Associate Editor, International Journal of Probiotics and Prebiotics, Japan


Dragana Sunjic Skokovic IPC
Dragana Skokovic-Sunjic, Clinical Pharmacist, NAMS Credentialed Menopause Practitioner, Hamilton FHT, Canada 
Title of presentation: "Clinical Guide to Probiotic Products (Canada and US)' : history, acceptance, wide distribution and process of annual review"
Jin-zhong Xiao IPC

Jin-zhong XiaoNext Generation Science Institute, Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd., Zama, Japan

Title of presentation: "Insight into the Health Benefits of Human-Residential Bifidobacteria for Infants"

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Highlight Speakers
Wilhelm Holzapfel IPC

Wilhelm HolzapfelProfessor at Handong Global University, South Korea

Title of presentation: "Special functions of the gut microbiome in support of a healthy host"


Gwenael Jan IPC

Gwénaël Jan, Science et Technologie du Lait et de l’Œuf, INRA, Rennes, France

Title of presentation: "Propionibacterium freudenreichii Surface Protein SlpB Is Involved in Adhesion to Intestinal HT-29 Cells"


Ajay Awati IPC
Ajay Awati - Global Nutrition and Health Project leader', Hy-Line UK Ltd., UK
Sin-Hyeog Im IPC
Prof. Sin-Hyeog Im - Institute for Basic Science (IBS)/ POSTECH, Republic of Korea

Elinor McCartney IPC

Elinor McCartney European Union Food Chain Legislation Expert Pen & Tec Consulting, Spain


Svetoslav Todorov IPC

Svetoslav Todorov, Veterinary Department, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil.


Jean-Pol Warzee IPC

Jean-Pol Warzée, President, European Scientific League for Probiotics, Belgium


Subject areas

Researchers and expert scientists from research institutes and industry will present their recent findings and visions about the research, development, production, application and use of probiotics – lactic-acid bacteria, bifidobacteria, yeasts, bacilli – and prebiotics within the following subject areas:

  • Models to Study Intestinal Interactions
  • Microbiome of the GIT
  • Modulation of the Intestinal
  • Biomarkers of Probiotic Efficacy
  • Mucosal Health and Integrity
  • Diarrhoe Prevention
  • Pediatric Nutrition
  • Stimulation of the Intestinal Immune System
  • Non-mucosal Interaction with the Immune System and Allergy
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Crohn’s Disease
  • Urogenital Applications
  • Zoo-technical Benefits
  • Mechanisms of Action
  • Bacteriocins
  • Targeted modulation of gut microbiota, its transplantation and probiotics
  • Probioceuticals​
  • Quorum Sensing, Quorum Quenching
  • Genetics, Functional Genomics, Metabolomics of Probiotics
  • Non-LAB Probiotics – bifidobacteria, yeasts, bacilli
  • Recombinant Probiotics
  • Taxonomy – current issues
  • Delivery Vehicles
  • Quality Assurance and Stability
  • Prebiotics
  • Synbiotics
  • Clinical Trials and Health Claim Substantiation
  • Identification, Characterisation of Strains
  • Novel Strains and Approaches
  • Adverse Effects, Safety
  • Regulatory Issues and Barriers
  • Future of Probiotics and Prebiotics – Visions and Opportunities
  • Technology

NB! Separate session is planned for presenting papers on the research, development and use of probiotics and prebiotics in animals. Also the Scientific Symposium on Bacteriocins and Antimicrobial Peptides - BAMP2018 , the Regulatory Worshop and the 40th SOMED congress will take place on Monday 18th June 2018

The language of the conference is English.

The conference will be organised in a series of thematically ordered sessions. Contributions will be strictly evaluated by the Scientific Committee in order to ensure high level of scientific and/or practical quality and relevance. All contributions accepted will be assigned to a specific session. All contributions accepted and presented at the conference or the satellite symposia will be included in the official Conference Proceedings. Full list of speakers will be available as programme further develops.