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Professor Maria Cecilia Giron appointed new president of the International Society of Microbiota, Pioneering Microbiota Research

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Mitochondria-Microbiota Task Force

Professor Maria Cecilia Giron


Prof. Giron appointed the new President of International Society of Microbiota.

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Credit: International Society of Microbiota

During the successful Annual World Congress of the International Society of Microbiota (ISM), Targeting Microbiota in Venice, Italy, held in October 2023, Professor Maria Cecilia Giron has been appointed as the new President of the ISM. This appointment signifies a major milestone in her career and promises to be a transformative moment in the field of microbiota research.


About Professor Giron

Professor Giron brings a wealth of experience in pharmacology and clinical studies. Her notable contributions are evident through her roles in various committees such as the Ethics Committee for Clinical Studies at Padova University Hospital, the Ethics Committee for Oncological Clinical Trials at the Veneto Institute of Oncology, and the Veneto Region Medicines Evaluation Committee.

A true pioneer in her field, Prof. Giron's research has highlighted the relationship between gut microbiota and intestinal function in both normal and pathological conditions. Her dedication to advancing our understanding of microbiota's impact on human health is demonstrated by her impressive portfolio of over 60 peer-reviewed publications.


Implications to the International Society of Microbiota

Under her leadership, we anticipate that ISM will continue to flourish and lead the way in microbiota research, forging new paths and fostering collaboration to uncover the profound implications of microbiota in health and disease. We congratulate Prof. Maria Cecilia Giron on this remarkable achievement and eagerly await the exciting developments she will bring to microbiota research.

Professor Giron stated: “I am honored to assume the role of President of the International Society of Microbiota. This appointment reflects not only my dedication to advancing microbiota research but also the collective effort of the scientific community. Together, we will continue to explore connections between gut microbiota and human health, pushing the boundaries of knowledge. I am excited about the possibilities that lie ahead and grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the profound implications of microbiota in shaping our understanding of health and disease.”


About Targeting Microbiota 2023 – Outstanding Achievements

  • Best Scientific Contribution Award: Prof. Lena Öhman, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, for her outstanding research on "Fecal Gut Microbiota and Metabolite Signatures as Biomarkers for Gastrointestinal Disorders".
  • Best Short Oral Presentation Award: Francesca Damiani, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy for her contribution on "Microbiota Manipulation as a Potential Therapeutic Strategy to Improve Clinical Symptoms in CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder".
  • Best Poster Presentation Award: Kelly Conde Pérez, The Universitary Hospital of A Coruña, Spain, for her presentation "Parvimonas Micra Translocates from Subgingival Pockets to Tumors in Colorectal Cancer Patients".

Post-Congress 2023 materials are available in case you missed the meeting. Access the replay and reading materials.


Save the Date for the 11th Annual Congress of the ISM – Targeting Microbiota 2024

Date: October 14-15, 2024.

Venue: Corinthia Palace Malta.


More about the International Society of Microbiota

  1. ISM 2023 Awards
  2. Conclusion of Targeting Microbiota 2023
  3. Abstracts and Replay of Targeting Microbiota 2023
  4. ISM Newsletters
  5. ISM Press Releases    


Stay informed about upcoming and past Targeting Microbiota congresses by visiting the ISM website:

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