Welcome to SOMED

Society for Microbial Ecology and Disease


Society for Microbial Ecology and Disease

SOMED Membership

The society shall consist of active members, associate members, corporate members, and emeritus members

Welcome to the Society for Microbial Ecology and Disease (SOMED)

Active Members

Any person interested in intestinal microbial ecology and its relation to health and disease shall be eligible for election to membership.

Associate Members

Associate members shall pay lesser dues than full members and shall have all the privileges of members expect that they may not vote, hold office, or sponsor a nonmember paper. The category of associate member shall be limited to the following: a. Graduate and professional students b. Post - doctoral fellows c. Undergraduate students of biological and medical sciences

Corporate Members

Any business organization or corporation interested in advancing the objectives of the Society shall be eligible for election to corporate membership. A corporate member is entitled to two (2) active memberships.

Emeritus Members

An active member of the Society may become an emeritus member upon retirement. An emeritus member shall have all the privileges of active membership, but shall be relieved of financial obligations to the Society. The members emeritus may not hold office on the Board of Directors except as Immediate Past President.

Executive Council

The business and activities of the Association shall be managed by an elected Executive Council. This Executive Council shall consist of eleven (11) members, including the President elect, President, Immediate Past President, the Secretary, the Treasurer and six Councilors.


The officers of the Society shall be President, President Elect (Vice- President), Secretary, Treasurer and other officers designated by the Executive Council.



Fill in the application form to become a Regular member, a Student member, or a Corporate member of SOMED. Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year.

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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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Dear colleagues, It is indeed a great honour and privilege for me to assume the role of President of SOMED. I would like to thank all of you for your support and for giving me the opportunity to have this prominent role...

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Boris A. Shenderov

(25.12.1940 – 21.12.2020)

The scientific community of Society for Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease (SOMED) suffers a big and important loss. Professor Boris Arkadjevich SHENDEROF has passed away only 5 days before his jubilee – the 80th birthday. We remember him as a true scientist with wide interests, encyclopedic knowledge in microbiology, immunology and biochemistry who also possessed experimental and clinical skills. At our future conferences we will miss the loud voice of a brave man always starting exciting discussions either on some regrettably forgotten or novel scientific trends. He never failed to appreciate original ideas or incite people to give talks on conferences organized by him in Russia. We all have vivid memories of his kind and magnanimous nature.

B.A. SHENDEROV graduated from the Medical Institute of Saratov in 1964. He defended the degree of doctor of medical sciences ten years later. In the USSR it usually took some 25 years of research to reach this landmark. In 1979 he started as professor of microbiology, inspiring numerous students and showing remarkable talent as a chairman of many organizations and institutions both in the USSR and later in Russia. In 1989-1994 Boris Shenderov served as director of Scientific Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology on the control of the safety of products in Russia. The institute was blossoming despite the difficult economic conditions in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. As he once put it himself, “I feel in a right place, it has given us the wings to fly.” Boris A. Shenderov introduced and explored several possibilities of free innovative research and production of healthy food. His wide knowledge of different medical subjects determined his success. In 2000 he gained the professorship of the technology of food production at the M. Lomonossov National University of Moscow. This is the leading scientific and educational institution in Russia until this day. He worked there till his death in December 2020.

Professor Shenderov pursued various kinds of scientific interests and published research in hundreds of research papers and books. His publications were often quite similar to the style of theoretical physics if such a branch could be accepted in biomedicine and medicine. He was the unifier of molecular and clinical microbial ecology, with interests in the genetics and epigenetics of bacteria. He organized the first possibilities for auto transplantation of the persons’ own extracted and frozen fecal enema, elaboration of probiotics and metabiotics, functional nutrition.
In the last years he coauthored several publications on the gut-brain axis and the role of metabolites of microorganisms as neuro mediators in psychiatric pathologies and during one’s life arc.

Professor SHENDEROV was a fine human being who was greatly devoted to his colleagues, friends, lovely wife, daughter Julia and grandson Dmitry. The memory of BORIS ARKAGIJEVITCH is very dear to us.

On behalf of the SOMED Society,

TORE MIDTVEDT Professor Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

MARIKA MIKELSAAR Professor emeritus University of TARTU, ESTONIA, marika.mikelsaar@ut.ee

ELISABETH NORIN Professor Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

EUGENIA BEZIRTZOGLOU Professor Democritus University of Thrace, Medical School, Alexandroupolis, Greece, President SOMED

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