April 23, 2014

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation at Conference in Bethesda July 24-26

The human Microbiome Science conference is coming up July 24-26 in Bethesda, MD, USA.

Among the topics that will be discussed are how bacteria in the human body, the microbiome, affect basically every aspect of bodily functions, including the immune system, weight, moods and behavior, to infectious and autoimmune diseases. Fecal Microbiota Transplantation will also be covered at the conference in its role in treating various illnesses including Clostridium Difficle

Human Microbiome Science: Vision for the Future

July 24-26, 2013

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road
North Bethesda, Md. 20852
(301) 822-9200

The purpose of this meeting, supported in part by an NIH grant to the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is to provide an overview of cutting-edge work in NIH-supported microbiome research and to identify both the obstacles to and opportunities for progress in this emerging area of biomedical research.

While there are many fascinating presentations, below I have listed a few of the topics that appear to be most directly relevant to digestive disease:

July 26, 2013 

11:45 a.m.  -  12:15 p.m. The Microbiome in Infectious and Noninfectious Gut Inflammation Vince Young, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Michigan
12:45 p.m.  -  1:15 p.m. State of the Science and Obstacles: Fecal Microbiota Transplantation Alexander Khoruts, M.D.
University of Minnesota
1:15 p.m.  -  1:45 p.m. Use of Microbial Ecosystems to treat recurrent Clotridium difficile infection Elaine Petrof, M.D.
Queen’s University
1:45 p.m.  -  2:15 p.m. State of the Science and Obstacles: Probiotics David A. Mills, Ph.D.
University of California, Davis
2:15 p.m.  -  2:45 p.m. Microbiota and Vaccines Brett Finlay, Ph.D.
The University of British Columbia
2:45 p.m.  -  3:30 p.m. Final Open Floor Discussion Ed Yong
Nature/National Geographic

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