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History

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

 

Years served

 

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 2016-2018

President-elect

 

 

 Secretaries

 

 

 

Kenneth H. Wilson

1989-1993

 

Lansing C. Hoskins

1993-2001

 

Elisabeth Norin

2001-2006

 

Shigeru Kamiya

2006-2010

  Veronica Lazar 2011-2015
     

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

2015-2019

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 Citron

Arthur 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

 

 
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