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The Microbiome: From Mother to Child
joint with Harnessing the Microbiome for Disease Prevention and Therapy
Scientific Organizers: Jacques Ravel, David M. Aronoff, Grace M. Aldrovandi and Maria Carmen Collado
Date: January 17 - 21, 2021
Location: Keystone Resort, Keystone, CO, USA
Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Summary of Meeting:
Early events in microbial colonization have a profound effect on physiology and immune education in the gut, thereby impacting disease susceptibility and infant health outcomes, yet we know remarkably little about the natural history of how the microbiome forms in children. Recent work is pointing to the importance of the mother to child microbial transmission of microbes on the infant microbiome. This symposium attempts to explore the role of the microbiome from pre-pregnancy, throughout pregnancy, and in the infants, and evaluate the impact of nutrition, stress and other factors on these microbiomes and ultimately on infant development, including neurodevelopment. We hope that by assembling such a diverse group of scientists who usually attend different meetings (women's health or infant health), interactions and collaborations will be established. Further, attendees will be exposed to a breadth of science unassembled to date. In addition, the field is still in its infancy, and questions remain, such as the existence of an in utero microbiome. Thus, we also propose a healthy debate between two scientists with opposite view on the issue.
Registration opens in January 2020
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