Gregor Reid is one of the world’s foremost experts on probiotics – microorganisms that produce many health benefits.
The endowed chair of the Canadian Research & Development Centre for Probiotics at Lawson Health Research Institute works extensively in Africa, including with the Western Heads East program in Tanzania and Kenya. With Reid’s help, the program has introduced probiotic yogurt to rural communities in order to begin to address the malnutrition and HIV/AIDS crises in Africa.
Reid’s research helps understand how probiotics – which means ‘for life’ – affect primarily female health. This includes what microbes inhabit the healthy and infected vagina, and how through modification, the quality of life of women can be enhanced. His current work is aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality of mothers and babies in Africa, as well as improving cognitive function in infants.
He is a professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Surgery at Western and has published almost 400 papers.
For more information, please visit his research page.