Microbiome Virtual International Forum

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@ 9:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
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(8 AM Central | 6 AM Pacific)

The Microbiome Virtual International Forum is a recurring alternative to multi-day microbiome conferences. They are short-format (~3 hours) conferences that provide a place for scientists from all over the world to discuss the microbiome. These events are free and open to anyone who wishes to join. Anyone can submit an abstract at any time of the year for an opportunity to present and discuss your work with a large, international community of scientists. There are prizes for outstanding talks and research highlights at each event.

The keynote of this session is “Learning Mucosal Immunity from Gut Microbes” by Ramnik Xavier, a core institute member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He is also director of the Broad’s Immunology Program and co-director of the Broad’s Infectious Disease and Microbiome Program. He is the Kurt J. Isselbacher Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; director of the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology and professor in the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); and co-director of the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics at MIT.

Short talks in this session include “Questioning the fetal microbiome illustrates pitfalls of low-biomass microbial studies” by Katherine M Kennedy & Marcus C. de Goffau of McMaster University in Canada; “Gut microorganisms and their genes are associated with cognition and neuroanatomy in children” by Kevin Scott Bonham of Wellesley College, USA; and “Detailed Social Network Interactions and Gut Microbiome Strain-Sharing Within Isolated Honduras Villages” by Jackson Pullman of Yale University, New Haven, USA.

Research highlights in this session include “Worldwide presence of Blastocystis in the human gut microbiome is linked to healthier dietary regimes and lower body mass index” by Elisa Piperni of Department CIBIO, University of Trento, Italy; IEO, Istituto Europeo di Oncologia IRCSS, Milan, Italy; and “Co-diversification of an intestinal Mycoplasma and its salmonid host” by Jacob Agerbo Rasmussen of Center for Evolutionary Hologenomics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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