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Joint meeting with: Harnessing the Microbiome for Disease Prevention and Therapy

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


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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. However, recent research is connecting the importance of mother to child microbial transmission on establishment of the infant microbiome, as well as the essential role of the microbiome in health outcomes for the developing child. Therefore, this conference will focus on the importance of the microbiome to maternal-child health. This conference will cover topics such as microbiome and pregnancy outcomes, the development of the infant gut microbiota, the impact of the mother and infant microbiome on neurodevelopment and the relationship between nutrition, breast milk composition and infant gut microbiome. Overall, this conference 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 and metabolic health. By assembling such a diverse group of scientists who usually attend different meetings (either focused on women's health or on infant health), this conference will provide a forum for developing engaged discussions and collaborations that will help move the field forward. Further, attendees will be exposed to a breadth of science unassembled to date. In addition, as this field is still in its infancy, many questions remain, such as the existence of an in-utero microbiome and this conference will include a healthy debate between two scientists with opposite view on the issue.

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


Abstract Submission:
‣ For Short Talk Consideration: Passed
‣ For Poster Booth: Passed
ePoster/SciTalk Submission: January 7, 2021
Financial Aid Application: Passed

*Please note, abstract submission is required
in order to submit an ePoster and/or Scitalk


Program Details

Speaking at this eSymposia

Grace M. Aldrovandi

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

David M. Aronoff

Vanderbilt University, USA

Marie-Claire Arrieta

University of Calgary, Canada

Tracy L. Bale

University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA

Emily P. Balskus

Harvard University, USA

Frederic D. Bushman

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Erika C. Claud

University of Chicago, USA

Maria Carmen Collado

Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology-Spanish National Research Council, Spain

Mohamed S. Donia

Princeton University, USA

Michal A. Elovitz

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA

Michael A. Fischbach

Stanford University, USA

Jeffrey I. Gordon

Washington University School of Medicine, USA

Marguerite Indriati Hood-Pishchany

Boston Children's Hospital, USA

Elaine Y. Hsiao

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Tal Korem

Columbia University, USA

Anita L. Kozyrskyj

University of Alberta, Canada

David MacIntyre

Imperial College London, UK

Indira U. Mysorekar

Washington University School of Medicine, USA

Joseph F. Petrosino

Baylor College of Medicine, USA

Jacques Ravel

University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA

David A. Relman

Stanford University, USA

Katharina Ribbeck

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Steven D. Townsend

Vanderbilt University, USA

Moran Yassour

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


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