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Photo de Dre Geneviève Pilon Dr. Geneviève Pilon, Ph.D.
Research professional, INAF

Title: The intestinal microbiota: investigation of physiological roles of a world too long ignored

Schedule: October 28th, 1:30 to 2:00


  1. Identify the roles of the intestinal microbiota.
  2. Improve understanding of the influence of food ingredients (omega-3, proteins, sweeteners, sugars and emulsifiers) on the intestinal microbiota.
  3. Become aware of the recent scientific research results on gut microbiota.

Professional background :
Dr. Geneviève Pilon obtained her bachelor's degree in microbiology from Université Laval in 1998. She has been working at Dr. André Marette's laboratory since then. She began as a master's and Ph.D. student and since 2005, she is a project manager.

Over the years, Dr. Pilon had the opportunity to study the beneficial effects of various dietary and pharmacological molecules on physiological phenomena related to type 2 diabetes, obesity and inflammation.

Having left out microbiology for physiology during her graduate studies, polyphenols’ benefits to fight type 2 diabetes however led her to merge the two disciplines and explore the fascinating role of the gut microbiota on the entire physiology. She signed publications on the prebiotic effect of cranberry in connection with its antidiabetic properties and she is working on the impact of various nutrients such as polyphenols and omega-3 on microbiota and gut health.

Photo de Marina Sachez Mrs Marina Sanchez, M.Sc.
Research professional, department of medicine, Université Laval

Title: Microbiota and weight control

Schedule: October 28th, 2:00 to 2:30


  1. Describe and discuss the effects of probiotics on satiety and weight control.
  2. Become aware of the recent scientific research results on intestinal microbiota.

Professional background :
Marina Sanchez obtained her bachelor's degree in medical biology from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières in 2004. She continued her graduate studies at Université Laval in kinesiology while being a research professional since 2004. Her master's degree, obtained in 2005, focused on organochloride compounds in foods. Her Ph.D. training started in 2012 and focusses on probiotics and weight control.


Photo de Roxanne Papineau Mrs Roxanne Papineau, RD
Clinical dietitian, Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec (IUCPQ)

Title: Pregnancy and childhood: Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG), an interesting strain to modulate the immune system

Schedule: October 28th, 3:15 to 3:45


  1. Know the use of probiotics in pregnant women and children.
  2. Review the scientific literature on the effect of LGG strain on the immune system.

Professional background :
Roxanne Papineau obtained her bachelor's degree in nutrition from Université Laval in 2005. She also obtained a graduate diploma in nutrition, functional food and health from Université Laval. Since 2006, she is a clinical dietitian at the IUCPQ. She has 9 years of experience in chronic renal failure, pre-dialysis clinic and hospital dialysis. She is a member of the Regroupement des nutritionnistes en néphrologie du Québec (RNNQ) and of the Manuel de nutrition clinique (MNC) review committee of the Ordre des diététistes du Québec (OPDQ) - section nephrology. She is co-author of a healthy recipes book for the benefit of the IUCPQ foundation Prendre à cœur son assiette, pour un corps qui respire la santé. She is an expert in intestinal diseases. She joined the team of Solutions Saveur Santé in 2012 where she works in product development in addition to providing gluten-free cooking classes. She also offers private consultations for various health conditions.


Photo de Dre Sophie Holowacz Dr. Sophie Holowacz, Ph.D.
Project manager, PiLeJe

Title: Modulation of the intestinal mucosal integrity with probiotics

Schedule: October 28th, 3:45 to 4:15


  1. Become acquainted with the effects of probiotics on inflammatory diseases.
  2. Discuss modulation of the intestinal mucosa integrity by probiotics.

Professional background :
Dr. Sophie Holowacz obtained her Ph.D. in food science from the Université de Paris XI in 1999. She is expert in the health benefits of probiotics. Her three year Ph.D. program and two year postdoctoral period were performed at INRA, in the departments of microbial genetics and digestive physiology. She studied the survival and physiology of lactic acid bacteria in the digestive tract and also focused her research on lactose intolerance and lipase deficiencies.

Since 2001, Dr. Holowacz is project manager in the PiLeJe scientific department. She conducts and manages preclinical trials with PiLeJe probiotic products in the field of chronic inflammatory pathologies including irritable bowel syndrome, metabolic syndrome and allergies.


Photo non disponible Dr. Alain Watier, M.D.
Gastroenterologist, Hôtel-Dieu, Sherbrooke
Professor of Gastroenterology
DU in perineal rehabilitation (Lyon)
Pelvi-perineology unit, CHUS
Anti-pain clinic, Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, CHUM Medical clinic of pain neuroplasticity

Title : The brain - gut - microbiota connection

Schedule: October 28th, 4:15 to 4:45

Objectives :

  1. Describe the brain-gut axis.
  2. Discuss the relationship between microbiota and brain.

Professional background :
Dr. Watier helped to set up the gastroenterology department of the Sherbrooke Hotel-Dieu in 1980 where he now works. In 2000, Dr. Watier studied pelvic-perineal rehabilitation in Lyon. He has a background in medical sexology and completed neuroplastic transformation training for the treatment of pain. He worked for years on the dynamics of physical and sexual abuse and chronic abdominal-pelvic-perineal pain. In his quest for a global, more human and effective approach with his patients, he never stopped to innovate. He has a certificate in psychology of human relationships. He also studied Ericksonian hypnosis and became initiated to the French Jacques Salome's method, the ESPÈRE method, based on positive communication.

Dr. Watier is a much requested and appreciated speaker. His lectures focus on the digestive system diseases.


Photo de Jean Soulard Mr Jean Soulard

Title: Cooking demonstration on prebiotics and probiotics

Schedule: October 28th, 5:00 to 5:30 and 7:15 to 7:45


  1. Get acquainted with the uses of prebiotics and probiotics.
  2. Know how to integrate prebiotics and probiotics in dishes.

Professional background :
Jean Soulard studied cooking at the Hotel School of Saumur where he learned the basics of cooking for three years. He graduated with the title "Best Apprentice Chef of France". His professional career took him around the world, first in France, in starred restaurants such as the Auberge du Père Bise in Talloires, then, in Switzerland and England in palaces and afterwards with Hilton International for a long period of time.

In 1975, he worked for the Queen Elizabeth in Montreal and for l'Éperland in Quebec City. In 1976 he left Canada for Asia, where he became director at Guam Hilton. A few years later, he moved to Tokyo, Hong Kong and Manila, where he became familiar with different cuisines and cultures. In 1979, he returned to Quebec City to settle for good. He first worked for the Québec Hilton and Convention Center until 1993 and subsequently, he held the prestigious Château Frontenac.

Ambassador of the Québec and Canadian cuisine, Jean Soulard crosses continents, from Tokyo to Munich, Osaka to Bangkok, São Paulo and Rio to Paris, via London, New York and Mauritius.

Among his claims to fame figure the great distinction of "Master Chef of France". He has eight books to his credit. His career also includes a TV and radio activities.


Photo d'Olivier Bernard Mr Olivier Bernard, B.Pham, M.Sc.
Pharmacist and author of Le Pharmachien

Title: Too much science is like not enough

Schedule: October 28th, 6:30 to 7:00


  1. Analyze the phenomenon of health-related pseudoscience.
  2. Recognize poor scientific quality articles on the web and in the media.
  3. Respond to questions from the public based on the latest scientific evidence.

Professional background :
Olivier Bernard (B. Pharm, M.Sc.) is a pharmacist. He practices since 2004 as a community-based pharmacist for various pharmacies. He holds a master's degree in pharmacogenetics (2006). Between 2006 and 2012, he also held several positions of scientific nature in the pharmaceutical industry. Since 2012, he devotes himself to scientific communication activities for the general public and health professionals. He has a strong presence on social networks and in bookstores through his popular website The Pharmachien which is also the title of his book published in 2014. He also is the health columnist at the TV show Salut-Bonjour week-end and is a regular speaker in all the Quebec media.


Photo de Dragana Skokovic-Sunjic Mrs Dragana Skokovic-Sunjic, RPh B.Sc. Phm NCMP
Pharmacist, Hamilton Family Health Team

Title: Take-home science: what probiotic should I recommend to my patient? The Clinical Guide to Probiotic Products in Canada

Schedule: October 29th, 9:00 to 9:45
(Speech: 30 minutes / Questions: 15 minutes)


  1. Improve understanding of the general use of probiotics.
  2. Introduce "Clinical guides to probiotic supplements" available in Canada.

Professional background :
Dragana Skokovic–Sunjic is a clinical pharmacist with Hamilton Family Health Team, teaching associate with Faculty of pharmacy, University of Toronto SPEP Program and a North American Menopause Society (NAMS) certified menopause practitioner. She is resource speaker for continuing health science education program at McMaster University in Hamilton. Ms. Skokovic-Sunjic's areas of expertise are women's health and natural health products with special interest in probiotics.

For her work in health education and unique approaches, Ms. Skokovic-Sunjic has been recipient of numerous awards: Commitment to care award for health promotion, awarded by Canadian Healthcare Network; Wyeth Apothecary Award for specialty practice, awarded by Ontario Pharmacists Association.

She is a leader in knowledge mobilization in the field of probiotics in Canada. She authored "Clinical Guide to Probiotic Supplements Available in Canada". This practical clinical tool is independently reviewed and updated yearly in order to reflect the latest evidence and include new probiotic products in Canadian market. This project had been recognized internationally, receiving a Scientific Frontiers Award at Probiota 2015 conference in Amsterdam in February 2015 and receiving similar recognition at Probiota Americas conference in San Diego in June 2015.


Photo d'Emma Allen-Vercoe Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of molecular and cellular biology, University of Guelph

Title: Microbial ecosystem therapeutics - a new paradigm in medicine

Schedule: October 29th, 9:45 to 10:30
(Speech: 30 minutes / Questions: 15 minutes)


  1. Improve understanding on stool substitute transplant therapy for the eradication of Clostridium difficile infection.
  2. Introduce RePOOPulate - a defined multi-species probiotic – a synthetic stool treatment of Clostridium difficile infection.

Professional background :
Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe obtained her bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of London, a Ph.D. degree in molecular biology from the Open University in conjunction with Centre for Applied Microbiological Research, United-Kingdom and a post-doctoral fellow from the University of Calgary.

Dr. Allen-Vercoe researches the role of the human gut microbiota in health and disease, and in particular studies ways to balance a dysbiotic microbiota. She has previously studied several pathogen host interaction systems, including the mechanisms of Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) infection of the gut epithelia. Her team is working to produce a defined multi-species probiotic – a synthetic stool treatment call "RePOOPulate" – to overcome the problems of fecal transplants. Also, it could offer a potential cure for Clostridium difficile infection.


Photo de Valerie Taylor Dr. Valerie Taylor, M.D., Ph.D.
Psychiatrist-in-chief at St. Joseph's Healthcare Women's College Hospital
Director, Women's Mental Health division, University of Toronto
Co-Director, Equity, gender and population, University of Toronto
Associate professor, University of Toronto and McMaster University
Director, Bariatric surgery psychiatry program, McMaster University

Title: Mood and gut feelings: the link between the brain and the microbiome

Schedule: October 29th, 11:15 to 12:00
(Speech: 30 minutes / Questions: 15 minutes)


  1. Review the role of intestinal microbial on mental health.
  2. Improve understanding of probiotics as "a novel area of investigation" for treating mental illness.

Professional background :
Dr. Valerie Taylor is psychiatrist-in-chief at Women’s college hospital, head of Women's Mental Health and co-director of the Equity, gender and population division of the University of Toronto. She is an associate professor in psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and holds a part-time appointment as associate clinical professor of psychiatry at McMaster, where she heads the Bariatric surgery psychiatry program. She supervises graduate students at both locations.

Dr. Taylor completed her Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC) training in psychiatry at McMaster University in 2004. She completed a 2-year post-doctoral research fellowship in mood disorders in 2006, a 4-year fellowship in clinical investigation in 2008 and her Ph.D. in medical science in 2009. Dr. Taylor's clinical and research focus looks at the association between obesity, chronic physical illness and mental health, specifically depression and bipolar disorder. She is also interested in the developmental origin of illness and the impact of pregnancy and in utero experiences on illness. Dr. Taylor has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is the recipient of numerous academic and research awards and fellowship. She also serves as an obesity chair in mental health for the Canadian obesity network.


Photo de Fernando Forato Anhê Mr Fernando Forato Anhê
Ph.D. student at INAF

Title: From gut to host: polyphenols as prebiotics to reduce obesity-linked inflammation and related diseases

Schedule: October 29th, 2:00 to 2:45
(Speech: 30 minutes / Questions: 15 minutes)


  1. Review the role of intestinal microbial communities in metabolic diseases’ development and gut homeostasis.
  2. Introduce Akkermansia muciniphila as a promising biomarker of intestinal and metabolic health.
  3. Improve understanding on the prebiotic effect of polyphenolic compounds.

Professional background :
Fernando Forato Anhê is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree with Dr. André Marette at the Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec (IUCPQ). M. Forato Anhê is the author of six papers. He won the best scientific poster award at the 1st Conference Series on Cardiometabolic Diseases of Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition (ICAN) and at the Pharma-Nutrition conference 2015 in Philadelphia. He also won the best oral presentation award at the 7e Congrès de nutrigénétique et de nutrigénomique for his work "Cranberry exerts antidiabetic effects and increases the presence of Akkermansia muciniphila in diet-induced obese mice".


Photo de richard Hunt Dr. Richard Hunt, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, CRC and Division of Gastroenterology, McMaster University Member,
Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research

Title: Stomach, probiotics and inflammation in the upper GI tract

Schedule: October 29th, 3:15 to 4:15
(Speech: 45 minutes / Questions: 15 minutes)


  • Introduce probiotics as modulators of gastric acid secretion.
  • Improve understanding of the effects of probiotics on upper gastro-intestinal tract.
  • Review the issues of probiotics in the stomach.

Professional background :
Dr. Richard H. Hunt qualified from Edinburgh University in 1966. He is a fellow of the Royal College of physicians of London, Edinburgh, and Canada, and of the American college of gastroenterology. Since 1982, he has been professor of medicine at McMaster University. He was the first director of the Intestinal disease research unit of the division of gastroenterology at McMaster University. He has been recognized with many prizes and medals for his work, where his special interests focus on the acid related disorders and the clinical pharmacology of treatment of gastrointestinal disease. Dr. Hunt is also widely recognized for an extensive interest in colorectal disease, colonoscopy, and therapeutic endoscopy. He was president of the Canadian helicobacter study group from 1997 to 2001. He is currently vice president of the Canadian digestive health foundation. In 2002, he received the Canadian association of gastroenterology distinguished service award and the Annual award for contributions in gastroenterology awarded by the Ontario association of gastroenterology in 2006.

Dr. Hunt was co-chair of the scientific program committee of the World congress of gastroenterology, Montreal, in September 2005. He has been associate editor of the Esophagus, Stomach and Duodenum, section of gastroenterology, and a member of the editorial boards of 20 scientific journals. He has published over 600 papers and abstracts. He is the author or editor of 11 books and 63 chapters, and has produced 20 TV video films on peptic ulcer disease, reflux esophagitis, and colonoscopy.





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