Meet our 2019 conference team!

If you want to know the people behind this event, take a look below.

Ruben Hummelen


Family physician and clinical epidemiologist - Associate Professor Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Ruben Hummelen has the privilege to work in North-Western Ontario, Canada, delivering healthcare to 33 remote fly-in communities with a team of generalist working for the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority. His practice involves obstetrics, hospitalist medicine, emergency medicine and addiction care. In addition, he works as a primary care researcher, focusing on improvements in maternal-child outcomes. He earned his medical degree at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. During his medical training he completed a PhD focusing on the microbiome of women living with HIV. His research took place in Tanzania in collaboration with Western University, Ontario, Canada. Living in the most stunning place in the world he also enjoys fat biking, cross country skiing, sailing and swimming in the land of a thousand lakes.

Jessica ter Haar (Younes)


Scientific Director for the International Probiotics Association; Probiotic Industry Consultant; Founder of Women & their Microbes

Jessica ter Haar (née Younes) is currently the Scientific Director for the International Probiotics Association and is the founder of this conference. Her mandate at the IPA is to protect the integrity of probiotics, whilst driving the science forward. She also is a consultant in the probiotic industry focusing on R&D substantiation and communication of probiotics products/strains and business development. Jessica was previously a Microbiome Science Liaison and Dusiness Developer at Winclove Probiotics. She combines expertise in the female microbiomes and probiotics with a strong personal interest in vulnerable patient populations. The microbiome must become accessible and understandable for healthcare professionals and she is convinced that one way to accomplish this is to facilitate awareness and communication of high quality research between scientific academic, medical and industry stakeholders. Coming from a large family of all girls, she is naturally passionate about the importance of microbes in women’s health and will continue to dedicate her career to helping to drive change. Jessica has a PhD from the University of Groningen (Netherlands) focused on biophysical interactions between microorganisms within the vaginal niche. Additionally, she holds a Masters in Nutrition and Nutraceutical Sciences from the University of Guelph (Guelph, Canada) and a bachelor in Kinesiology (York University, Toronto, Canada).

Dragana Skokovic-Sunjic

Clinical Pharmacist

Clinical pharmacist with Hamilton Family Health Team and NAMS certified menopause practitioner

Dragana Skokovic–Sunjic is a Clinical Pharmacist with Hamilton Family Health Team and NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner. She is a leader in knowledge mobilization for probiotics in Canada and United States, translating scientific research in this field, she authored “Clinical Guide to Probiotic Supplements Available in Canada” and “Clinical Guide to Probiotic Products Available in the US”. This practical clinical tool is independently reviewed and updated yearly in order to reflect the latest evidence and include new probiotic products on Canadian and US market. In 2003, Dragana attained certification as Menopause Practitioner with North American Menopause Society (NAMS). In 2008 she received Wyeth Apothecary Award for Specialty Practice, awarded by the Ontario Pharmacists Association to a pharmacist who has completed specialty education or training and as a result has successfully expanded his or her professional practice. She is actively involved as a Planning Committee and Board Member with the Canadian Menopause Society (SIGMA), presently working on the 2018 IMS World Congress preparation in Vancouver. Her work in the field of women’s health and probiotic influence on microbiome has been presented at International Menopause Society World Congress (Prague, Czech Republic, Sept 2016) and North American Menopause Society Annual Meeting (Orlando, FL, Oct 2016), and published in their respective scientific journals.