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Microbiome: Therapeutic Implications (T1)


Organizer(s) Justin L. Sonnenburg, Fergus Shanahan and Suzanne Devkota
October 6—10, 2019
INEC Killarney Convention Centre • Killarney, Co. Kerry Ireland
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Jun 6, 2019
Abstract Deadline: Jul 9, 2019
Scholarship Deadline: Jun 6, 2019
Discounted Registration Deadline: Aug 7, 2019

Supported by the Directors' Fund

Summary of Meeting:
The microbial communities that inhabit the human body are connected to diverse aspects of our health. The plasticity and individuality of these communities promise great potential in the emerging vision of precision health, but formidable gaps to realizing this potential must be addressed. Critical challenges include the intrinsic complexity of dynamic microbial ecosystems, understanding how these microbes mechanistically connect to human biology, and identifying key therapeutic opportunities. This conference will bring together leaders across a range of disciplines from both academia and industry in microbiome sciences to present recent progress and innovative directions at addressing these gaps. This conference will provide a detailed view of the current status, future vision, and challenges of key modalities for predicting, diagnosing, and treating disease via the microbiome. In addition, there will be topics which augment the traditional biomedical paradigm of developing diagnostics and treatments with orthogonal approaches, such as pre-therapeutic prevention and health optimization strategies. Invited speakers will present key technologies and approaches for propelling the coming phases of basic and translational microbiome research. Finally, participants will receive key information about the current regulatory environment for microbial therapeutics. With the rapid expansion of translational microbiome efforts, this conference will enable synergies through the aggregation of knowledge and experiences from diverse body sites, disease states, and approaches. We combine facets of basic sciences including evolution, ecology, and technology development so an interdisciplinary collection of scientists can elucidate key steps for establishing a strong pipeline from fundamental understanding to therapeutic realization.

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Scholarships/Awards

Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship Recipients

Ivan Vujkovic-Cvijin
NIAID, National Institutes of Health, USA

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Scholarship Recipients

Hasinika Gamage
Macquarie University, Australia

Connie Wing Yan Ha
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, USA

Zachary Morse
University of British Columbia, Canada

Matthew R. Olm
University of California, Berkeley, USA

Brianna Petrone
Duke University, USA

Rinku Pramanick
National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, India

James St Pierre
University of Toronto, Canada

Marsha C. Wibowo
Harvard Medical School, USA

Patricia Wolf
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Hannah Yan
Baylor College of Medicine, USA