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Year 2013

  • Modify Watches, Mar 8, 2013
    Join Modify in Celebrating International Women's Day!
  • Anukam, K. C., J. M. Macklaim, G. B. Gloor, G. Reid, J. Boekhorst, B. Renckens, S. van Hijum, R. Siezen. 2013. Genome sequence of Lactobacillus pentosus KCA-1 vaginal isolate from a healthy premenopausal woman. PLoS ONE 8(3):e59239.
  • Enos, M., J. P. Burton, J. Dols, S. Buhulata, J. Changalucha, and G. Reid. 2013. Probiotics for the first 1000 days of life in the developing world. Benef. Microb. 4(1): 3-16.
  • Reid, M. K. E., R. Gough, M. Enos, and G. Reid. 2013. Social businesses in Tanzania tackling health issues of the Millenium Development Goals, one community kitchen at a time. J. Social Bus 3(1): 24-38.
  • Nduti, N., M. Sumarah, J. P. Burton, and G. Reid. 2013. Aflatoxin binding by lactobacilli. Manuscript in preparation.
  • Ettinger, G., J. P. Burton, and G. Reid. 2013. If microbial ecosystem therapy can change your life, what's the problem? Bioessays. April 10.
  • Macklaim, J. M., A. D. Fernandes, G. Reid, and G. B. Gloor. 2013. Comparative meta-RNA-seq of the vaginal microbiota and differential expression by Lactobacillus iners in health and dysbiosis. Microbiome 1:12.
  • Fernandes, A. D., J. M. Macklaim, G. Reid and G. B. Gloor. 2013. ANOVA-Like Differential Expression (ALDEx) analysis for mixed population RNA-Seq. PLoS ONE 2;8(7):e67019.

Year 2012

  • Western News, September 26, 2012
    Western Heads East still answering the call
  • Dols, J.A.M., G. Reid, J. M. Brown, H. Tempelman, Tj. Romke Bomtekoe, W. Quint, and M. E. Boon. 2012. HPV type distribution and cervical cytology among HIV-positive African women. ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology ID 514146, 5 pages.
  • Boon, M. E., J. A.M. Dols, N. Butamanya, and G. Reid. 2012. The Cellient system for cytohistology to analyze p16 positive dyskeratocytes in paraffin sections of HPV-positive cervical scrapes. J. Anal. Oncol. 1: 1-7.
  • Hemsworth, J., S. Hekmat, and G. Reid. 2012. Micronutrient- supplemented probiotic yogurt for HIV-infected adults taking HAART in London, Canada. Gut Microbes 3(5): 1-6.
  • Monachese, M., J. P. Burton, and G. Reid. 2012. Bioremediation and human tolerance to heavy metals through microbial processes: A potential role for probiotics? Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 78(18):6397-404.
  • de Vos, W. M., L. Engstrand, L. Drago, G. Reid, J. Schauber, R. Hay, W. Mendling, M. Schaller, R. Spiller, C. Gahan, and I. Rowland. 2012. Human microbiota in health and disease. Self Care 3(S1):1-68.
  • El Hassan, D. and Hekmat, S. 2012.Dietary acculturation of Arab immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area. J. Diet Prac Res. 73(3):2-5. Whaling, M.A., I. Luginaah, G. Reid, S. Hekmat, et.al. 2012.Perceptions about probiotic yogurt for health and nutrition in the context of HIV/AIDS in Mwanza, Tanzania. J. Health Population Nutrition. 30(1): 31-40.

Year 2011

  • Western News, December 19, 2011
    Million-dollar gift enriches lives in Africa
  • Perceptions about Probiotic Yogurt -pdf
    for Health and Nutrition in the Context of HIV/AIDS in Mwanza, Tanzania,
    published through www.icddrb.org
  • CTV News on Dec 19, 2011
  • London Free Press
  • World Bank blog publication - Kadongo and Oyugis, Yoghurt Results from Kenya
  • The case study in Harvard review
  • Hemsworth J. et al. 2011. The development of micronutrient supplemented probiotic yogurt for people living with HIV: laboratory testing and sensory evaluation. Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies 12: 79-84.
  • Dols JAM. et al. 2011. The challenges of assessing the impact of probiotic yogurt on the well-being of HIV positive women in rural Africa. Int Dairy J. 204(4):305.e1-7.
  • Hummelen R. et al. 2011. Effect of 25 weeks probiotic supplementation on immune function of HIV patients. Gut Microbes 2(2):80-5.
  • Whaling M. et al. 2011. Perceptions of probiotic yogurt for health and nutrition in the context of HIV/AIDS in Mwanza, Tanzania. J. Health Popul. Nutr. In press.
  • Dols J. Et al. 2011. PCR-based identification of eight Lactobacillus species and 18 hr-HPV genotypes in fixed cervical samples of South African women at risk of HIV and BV. Diagnostic Cytopathology Oct 24. doi: 10.1002/dc.21786. [Epub ahead of print]
  • van Tiernen A. et al. 2011. Development of a locally sustainable functional food intervention for people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa: laboratory testing and sensory evaluation. Beneficial Microbes 2(3):193-8.
  • 1Hummelen, R., J. Hemsworth, J. Changalucha, N. L. Butamanya, S. Hekmat, J.D.F. Habbema, and G. Reid. 2011. Effect of micronutrient and probiotic fortified yogurt on immune-function of anti-retroviral therapy naïve HIV patients. Nutrients 3(10), 897-909.
  • Monachese, M., S. Cunningham-Rundles, M. A. Diaz, E. Ermond, R. Guerrant, R. Hummelen, R. Kemperman, M. Kerac, R. Kort, D. Merenstein, P. Panigrahi, B. Ramakrishna, N. Safdar, A. Shane, L. Trois, and G. Reid. 2011. Probiotics and prebiotics to combat enteric diarrheal diseases and HIV in the developing world: a consensus report. Gut Microbes 2(3):198-207.
  • Irvine, S., R. Hummelen, and S. Hekmat. 2011. Probiotic yogurt consumption may improve gastrointestinal symptoms, productivity and nutritional intake of people living with human immunodeficiency virus in Mwanza, Tanzania. J. Nut. Res. 31: 875-881.
  • Hummelen, R., J. Hemsworth, J. Changalucha, N.L. Butamanya, S. Hekmat, J. D. F. Habbema, and G. Reid. 2011. Effect of micronutrient and probiotic fortified yogurt on immune-function of anti-retroviral therapy naive HIV patients. J. Nutrients 3(10),897- 909.
  • Irvine, S.and S. Hekmat. 2011. Evaluation of Sensory Properties of Probiotic Yogurt containing food products with prebiotic fibres in Mwanza, Tanzania. J. Food and Nutritional Sciences. 2: 434-439.
  • Hemsworth, J., S. Hekmat, G. Reid.2011.The development of micronutrient supplemented probiotic yogurt for people living with HIV: Laboratory testing and sensory evaluation. Innovative Food Sci. & Emerging Technologies, 12:79-84.

Year 2010

Year 2009

Year 2008

  • Anukam, K. C., and G. Reid. 2008. Probiotics: 100 years (1907-2007) after Elie Metchnikoff’s observations. In, "Communicating Current Research and Educational Topics and Trends in Applied Microbiology", A. Méndez-Vilas (Editor), Formatex Press, Badajoz, Spain, p 466-474.
  • Anukam, K. and G. Reid. 2008. Probiotics: food for thought. In, Nutrigenomic and Proteomics in Health and Disease-food factors and gene interactions. Mine, Y., Miyashita K, Shahidi F. (Eds). Wiley-Blackwell, pp 325-338.
  • Anukam KC, Osazuwa EO, Osadolor BE, Bruce AW, Reid G. 2008. Yogurt containing probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and L. reuteri RC-14 helps resolve moderate diarrhea and increases CD4 count in HIV/AIDS patients. J. Clin. Gastroenterol. 42(3):239-43.
  • Anukam, K. C., and G. Reid. 2008. Effects of metronidazole on growth of Gardnerella vaginalis ATCC 14018, probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and vaginal isolate Lactobacillus plantarum KCA. Microbial Ecol. Health Dis. 20: 48-52.
  • Anukam, K. C., and G. Reid. 2008. A two species-specific primer set to identify Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14 after probiotic use. Int. J. Probiotics. 3: 207-212.
  • Hummelen, R., J. Changalucha, N. Butamanya, A. Cook, D. Habbema, and G. Reid. 2008. Laktobazillen als wirksame HIV-Abwehr? Gynakologie Geburtshilfe [German] 2008(5): 45-46.
  • Hekmat, S., H. Soltani, and G. Reid. 2008. Growth and survival of Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 in yogurt for use as a functional food. Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies 10:293-296.
  • Hekmat, S., N. Soltani, C. Shropshire, and P. H. Sikkema. 2008.Effect of imazamox plus bentazon on eight market classes of dry beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) Crop Prot. 27:1491-1494.
  • Sikkema, P. H., Hekmat, S. C. Shropshire, and N. Soltani. 2008. Response of black, cranberry, kidney and white bean to linuron. Weed Bio and Mgt.9:173-178.

Year 2007

  • Is 'Fiti' the path to new health? - Western News: November 15th 2007
  • Into Africa with Western Heads East - Western News: November 15th 2007
  • Probiotics research earns international prize - Western News: June 7th 2007
  • Western Heads East wins major award - Western Alumni Gazette: April 19th 2007
  • Anukam KC,and G. Reid 2007. Organisms associated with bacterial vaginosis in Nigerian women as determined by PCR-DGGE and 16S rRNA gene sequence. African Health Sciences 7(2):68-72.
  • Reid, G. 2007. Dairy products and HIV/AIDS. In, Functional Dairy Products, Saarela M (Ed), Macfarlane Production, England, p 117-133.
  • Liu JJ, Reid G, JiangY, Turner MS, Tsai C-C. 2007. Expression of HIV-inactivating proteins by recombinant human vaginal probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14. Cell. Microbiol. 9(1):120-30.
  • Hekmat S, Reid, G. 2007. Survival of Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 in milk. Int. J. Food Sci and Technol. 42: 615-619.
  • Hekmat, S., G. Reid. 2007. Survival of Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14 and Lactobacillusrhamnosus GR-1 in milk. Int. J. Food Sci. Tech. 42: 615-619.
  • Baroja, M. L., P. V. Kirjavainen, S. Hekmat, and G. Reid. 2007. Anti-inflammatory effects of probiotic yogurt in inflammatory bowel disease patients. British Society for Immunology, Clin. and Experimental Immunol. 149: 470-479.
  • Hekmat, S., C. Shropshire, N. Soltani, and P. H. Sikkema. 2007.Responses of dry beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) to sulfentrazone. Crop Protection:26: 525-529.

Year 2006

Year 2005

  • "We are more "bacterial" than "human": bacteria outnumber our own cells by 10:1." - The Yale Journal of Public Health, Undergraduate Publication
  • Emotions mixed, interns prepare to return - Western News : June 9th, 2005
  • Funding turnaround keeps Africa program alive - Western News : Apr. 14th, 2005
  • African nutrition project suffers setback - Western News : Mar. 24th, 2005
  • Fostering a culture that can fight AIDS - The Globe and Mail : Feb. 12th, 2005
  • 'Fiti' offers AIDS hope in Tanzania - Western News : Jan. 20th, 2005
  • Anukam, K. C., E. O. Osazuwa, and G. Reid. 2005. Improved appetite of pregnant rats and increased birth weight of newborns following feeding with probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and L. rueteri RC-14. J. Appl. Res. 5: 46-52.
  • Anukam K., C., and G. Reid. 2005. Providing probiotics to sub-Saharan Africa: ethical priciples to consider. J. Complem. Integrat. Med. vol 2, issue 1, on line, www.bepress.com/jcim/vol2/iss1/10/.
  • Anukam, K. C., E. O.Osazuwa, I. Ahonkhai, and G. Reid. 2005. Association between absence of vaginal lactobacilli PCR products and Nugent scores interpreted as bacterial vaginosis. Tropical J. Obstet. Gynaecol. 22: 103-107.
  • Anukam, K. C., E. O. Osazuwa, I. Ahonkhai, and G. Reid. 2005. 16S rRNA gene sequence and phylogenetic tree of Lactobacillus species from the vagina of healthy Nigerian women. Afr. J. Biotechnol. 4(11): 1222-1227.
  • Reid, G., S. Anand, M. O. Bingham, G. Mbugua, T. Wadstrom, R. Fuller, K. Anukam, and M. Katsivo. 2005. Probiotics for the Developing World. J. Clin. Gastroenterol. 39: 485-488.

Year 2004

Partnering with Africa for health and sustainable development through probiotics.
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