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Harnessing the Microbiome for Disease Prevention and Therapy

Joint meeting with: The Microbiome: From Mother to Child

January 18-20, 2021 | 10:00AM EST | 3:00PM UTC | 4:00PM CET*
*Program is in development and subject to change


The live portion of this conference has concluded and all presentations are now available for purchase on demand. Registrants to the live event may access this content anytime for up to 9 months following the event.

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Our understanding of the microbiome is advancing rapidly, and continues to productively move through the discovery phase, with numerous correlations being established between specific commensal microbes or microbiota compositions and a wide range of diseases that includes infections, inflammatory conditions, metabolic disease, autoimmunity and neurologic syndromes. The initial discovery of these potentially important correlations has led many laboratories around the world to probe the molecular mechanisms that form the causal link between specific commensal microbes and disease development, progression and resolution. Although there have been great advances, culturing many of the prevalent and metabolically active obligate anaerobic commensals remains a challenge. Exciting advances, however, are emerging from laboratories developing tools to genetically manipulate key commensal organisms, facilitating experimental studies that are identifying the small, bioactive molecules they produce, some of which have therapeutic potential. Studies of the impact of bacteriophage on the microbiota also suggest that they may have therapeutic potential. This Keystone conference will focus on recent advances that demonstrate, at the cellular and molecular level, the impact of the microbiota and its products on disease susceptibility/resistance, with an emphasis on microbial and host metabolism, inter-microbial interactions and the amelioration of diseases.

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Regular Registration Rate: $275 USD
Student Registration Rate: $150 USD


Abstract Submission
for Short Talk Consideration:
December 7, 2020
ePoster Abstract Submission: January 4, 2021
Financial Aid Application: January 4, 2021


Financial Aid Opportunities

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as individuals from low- and middle- income countries (all career stages) working in science and medicine related fields, are eligible to apply for a FREE registration code.

Find out more about financial aid opportunities here!

Call For Abstracts

Showcase your work to global audiences on the eSymposia platform!

Submit your abstract for the opportunity to be selected for a short talk presentation alongside field leaders on the meeting program! See Abstract Deadline for Short Talk Consideration

ePoster presenters will be provided with their own dedicated page on the event website to display their work in multiple formats and interact with meeting participants. ePoster features include:

  • Abstract
  • Poster PDF for download
  • SciTalk – up to 5 minute video presentation, available on-demand
  • Live chat function to answer audience questions in real-time
  • Contact information for private follow-up discussion

To submit your work for an ePoster presentation, and to be considered for short talk selection, go to the “Submit an Abstract” tab on the event homepage.

Program Details

Speaking at this eSymposia

Emily P. Balskus

Harvard University, USA

Paul L. Bollyky

Stanford University, USA

Laurie E. Comstock

Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, USA

Mohamed S. Donia

Princeton University, USA

Michael A. Fischbach

Stanford University, USA

More program details will be available soon.

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Additional Support

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1R13AI154725-01 from the National Institutes of Health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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