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The Microbiome
joint with Innate Immunity: Sensing the Microbes and Damage Signals
Organizer(s): Andrew T. Gewirtz, Fergus Shanahan and Ruth E. Ley
Date: March 04 - 09, 2012
Location: Keystone Resort, Keystone, CO, USA
Supported by the Directors' Fund
Summary of Meeting:
Emerging themes from several traditionally disparate areas of research have begun to coalesce around the concept that the complex microbial communities that inhabit most external human surfaces play a key role in health and disease. Specifically, processes including basic immune system development, host-pathogen interactions, metabolic disease and cancer are all greatly influenced by the composition and bioactivity of the microbiota that live within us. Understanding how mammalian hosts regulate their microbiota and the myriad of ways by which the microbiota can alter susceptibility to a wide range of diseases is a key opportunity to better understand numerous diseases and, subsequently, provide strategies to promote human health. Thus, the goal of the Keystone Symposia meeting on The Microbiome is to facilitate the understanding of mechanisms that maintain a healthy host-microbiota relationship and explore how perturbations in this relationship increase susceptibility to a variety of diseases, especially those associated with chronic inflammation. Opportunities for interdisciplinary interactions will be significantly enhanced by the concurrent meeting on Innate Immunity: Sensing the Microbes and Damage Signals, which will share a keynote address and three plenary sessions with this meeting.
Scholarship Deadline: November 3 2011
Discounted Abstract Deadline: November 3 2011
Abstract Deadline: December 8 2011
Discounted Registration Deadline: January 5 2012
We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:
Biogen IdecCubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc.JDRF
We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant for this conference provided by:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Grant No. 1R13AI098352-01
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