Our History

Our history begins in 1976, with the foundation of Society for Intestinal Microbial Ecology and Disease (SIMED).

In the mid ‘70s, a group of American and European scientists actively involved in the study of human intestinal flora decided to found the Society for Intestinal Microbial Ecology and Disease (SIMED). Statutes and bylaws were then discussed and a small Executive Board was elected to organize the first meeting in the USA in 1976.

The principal aims of the Society were defined as: a) the exchange of information, b) the organization of annual international meetings to be held alternatively in USA or Europe, c) the diffusion of the results of scientific investigations on the intestinal microbial ecology in health and disease.

At the beginning, meeting organization was the main task of the newborn Society, but, in the course of the years, other important activities have developed including the foundation, in 1988, of the official journal of the Society (Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease) to support and facilitate the publication of scientific results obtained by SIMED members.

In the minutes of the SIMED Business Meeting held in the occasion of the XIII International Symposium on Intestinal Microecology, September 11-14, 1988, Porto Conte, Sassari, Italy, “...Dr. Finegold asked for a discussion regarding the current name of SIMED. He felt that a change should be made to accommodate areas of microbial ecology in addition to intestinal ecology. Drs. Finegold, Borriello and Nord felt that a name change would attract a broader membership. Dr. Finegold moved that the name of our organization be changed from SIMED to SOMED (Society for Microbial Ecology and Disease). The motion was seconded by Dr. Borriello. Dr. Hentges indicated that this would require an amendment to the SIMED constitution. The members present voted 20 yes, 1 no, and 3 abstain to take the name change proposal to the membership for an official vote”.

SOMED Officers and Councillors

since 1988

  • Presidents
    • Sydney Finegold | 1970's
    • David Hentges | March 1987 - March 1989
    • Tracy D. Wilkins | March 1989 - March 1991
    • Andrew B. Onderdonk | March 1991 - March 1993
    • Giovanni Panichi | March 1993 - March 1995
    • Sherwood Gorbach | March 1995 - March 1997
    • Peter S. Borriello | March 1997 - March 1999
    • Rial D. Rolfe | March 1999 - March 2001
    • Tore Midtvedt | March 2001 - March 2004
    • Bodil L. Jacobsen | March 2004 - March 2006
    • Gianfranco Donelli | March 2006 - March 2008
    • Gianfranco Donelli | March 2008 - March 2010
    • Marika Mikelsaar | 2010 - 2012
    • Andrew Onderdonk | 2012 - 2013
    • Elisa Bertazzoni | 2013 - 2015
    • Eugenia Bezirtzoglou | 2016 - 2021
  • Secretaries
    • Kenneth H. Wilson | 1989 - 1993
    • Lansing C. Hoskins | 1993 - 2001
    • Elisabeth Norin | 2001 - 2006
    • Shigeru Kamiya | 2006 - 2010
    • Veronica Lazar | 2010 - 2017
  • Treasurers
    • Victor D. Bokkenheuser | 1985 - 1991
    • Rial D. Rolfe | 1991 - 1997
    • Paola Mastrantonio | 1997 - 2002
    • Rial D. Rolfe | 2002 - 2006
    • Eugenia Bezirtzoglou | 2006 - 2014
    • Yannis Kourkoutas | 2015 - 2021
  • Councillors
    • Roy Fuller, Tore Midvedt, Kazue Ueno | 1985 - 1987

    • Rodney D. Berg, Rolf Freter, Andrew B. Onderdonk | 1985 - 1989

    • Lance George, Carl E. Nord, Rial D. Rolfe | 1987 - 1991

    • Stanley Erlandsen, Sherwood L. Gorbach, Lansing C. Hoskins | 1989 - 1993

    • Edgar Boedeker, Carol Wells, Paola Mastrantonio | 1993 - 1997

    • David Lyerly, Seppo Salminen, Torkel Wadstrom | 1995 - 1999

    • Lynne McFarland, Thad Stanton, Victoria Velculescu | 1997 - 2001

    • Lynne McFarland, Thad Stanton, Victoria Velculescu | 2001 - 2004

    • Gianfranco Donelli, Shigeru Kamiya, Roland Mollby | 2004 - 2007

    • Karen Krogfelt, Ingar Olsen, Leda Vieira, Dennis Kitz | 2006 - 2007

    • Diane CitronArthur, C. Ouwehand, Michael Wilson | 2008 - 2010

    • Francesca Clementi, Andrew B. Onderdonk, Boris Shenderov | 2008 - 2012

    • Paola Mastrantonio, Elisa Bertazzoni Minelli, Anne Collignon  | 2010 - 2012

    • Sandrine Claus, Reet Mändar, Leda Quercia Vieira, Athanasios Alexopoulos | 2012 - 2014

    • Alojz Bomba, Wendy Garrett, Raina Nakova Fichorova | 2012 - 2016

    • Paola Mastromarino, Reet Mandar, Luisa Vieira Peixe | 2015 - 2016

    • Veronica Lazar, Marie-Bénédicte Romond | 2017 - 2021

We’r a dynamic team of passionated people focused on innovation & creativity

SOMED 2018 Congress

The 40th International Congress of the Society for Microbial Ecology and Disease - SOMED 2018 Congress will be held during 18th - 19st June 2018 in Budapest, Hungary. SOMED 2018 Congress will be a part of International Scientific Conference on Probiotics and Prebiotics and Gut Health-IPC 2018. The SOMED 2018 Congress will focus on new knowledge about the role of microbi-ota in health and disease across the spec-trum of issues.

The mission of SOMED 2018 Congress is to present scientific achievements and research advances in the field of human microbial ecology and role of the microbes in health and disease. SOMED 2018 Congress pro-vides a comprehensive scientific forum to all stakeholders from this field. The Con-gress is also a networking event for scien-tists, researchers and technology providers. The conference will also provide a platform for scientific exchange and discussion be-tween delegates from worldwide academia and industry.

Special focus will be on the creation of op-portunity for young scientists to present their research achievements. The Young Scientist Award and the Best Poster Award of SOMED 2018 Congress will be awarded to out-standing young scientists, who are at the beginning of their career and who conduct basic or applied research in the field of microbiota and disease.

13th International Scientific Conference on Probiotics, Prebiotics, Gut Microbiota and Health - IPC2019

Probiotics are nonpathogenic live microorganism that can provide a diverse health benefits on the host. Prebiotics is a non-digestible fiber compounds that induce the growth or activity of microorganisms. Taking probiotics plus prebiotics could bring diverse types of health benefits. Probiotics are consumed in diverse ways including dairy product, food supplements and functional foods with specific health claims. Recently, many reports suggest that certain probiotic strains or multi strain mixture have potent immunomodulatory activity in diverse disorders including allergic asthma, atopic dermatitis and rheumatoid arthritis. However some of the probiotic strains have an adverse effect on people with underlying health problems or immuno-compromised individuals. In addition, however, efficacy of probiotic administration is quite different depending on the type of strains and the amounts of doses and underlying mechanism of action is still unclear.

By attending the International Scientific Conference on Probiotics, Prebiotics, Gut Microbiota and Health - IPC2019, you will have a chance to expand your ideas on recent advances made in the science of probiotics, highlighting their current and future roles in maintaining health and preventing diseases. The next IPC will be held during 17th - 20th June 2019 in Prague Congress Centre, Czech Republic.

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