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Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease (Virtual Conference)

21 - 23 October 2020Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Abstract deadline Closed
  • Registration deadline Closed

Highlighting mechanisms of communication between the microbiome and the host

  • Summary

    Owing to the ongoing situation with covid-19, this event will be organised as a virtual conference.

    The 9th Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease meeting will once again bring together leading scientists and clinicians from the fields of microbiology, gastroenterology, neuroscience, cancer and public health to discuss the latest developments in this fast-moving area.

    Recent studies have revealed the complexity of the gut microbial ecology and its network connectivity to the metabolic regulation of important pathways in the host. Studies on microbiota from various body sites are helping us to understand how microorganisms affect the host. Alterations in microbiome composition have been associated with many non-infectious diseases including inflammatory bowel conditions, autoimmune diseases, cancers and diabetes, although in many cases causality has yet to be established.

    This meeting will update current knowledge of how various microbiomes (skin, oral, gut, lung, non-bacterial etc.) communicate with the host and the factors that influence these interactions. The programme will feature new developments enabled by new technologies. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in discussions on how to apply recent discoveries to disease processes, health restoration and maintenance.

  • Programme

    The virtual conference will start at ~1pm on 21 October and close at ~4pm on 23 October 2020. All times are given in British Summer Time. See the time where you are here.

    Topics will include:

    • Manipulating the microbiome
    • Immune influences on the microbiome
    • Next generation probiotics
    • Host-microbiome interactions
    • Fecal microbiota transplant



  • Organisers/ Speakers

    Scientific programme committee

    Patricia Hibberd

    Patricia Hibberd
    Boston University, USA

    Julian Marchesi

    Julian Marchesi
    Cardiff University & Imperial College London, UK

    Reetta Satokari

    Reetta Satokari
    University of Helsinki, Finland

    Jerry Wells

    Jerry Wells
    Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

    Keynote speakers

    Martin Blaser

    Martin Blaser
    Rutgers University, USA

    Charles Mackay

    Charles Mackay
    Monash University, Australia

    Confirmed speakers

    Greg Amos – National Institute for Biological Standards & Control, UK
    Anders Damholt – Chr. Hansen, Denmark
    Amandine Everard – Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
    Federica Facciotti – European Institute of Oncology, Italy
    Lindsay Hall – Quadram Institute Bioscience, UK
    Dina Kao  – University of Alberta, Canada
    Phillipe Langella – Micalis Institute, INRA, France
    Mat Robinson – Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
    Tanya Monaghan – University of Nottingham, UK
    Elena Verdu – McMaster Univertsity, Canada
    Alan Walker – Rowett Institute, UK
    Anja Wellejus – Chr. Hansen, Denmark

    Conference organisers

    Treasa Creavin, Scientific Programme Manager
    Zoey Willard, Conference & Events Organiser

  • Registration


    Standard rate
    Student £50
    Delegate from LMICs* £50
    Academic £100
    Commercial £150

    The virtual registration package includes access to all live-streamed sessions (including poster sessions and online networking channels), as well as access to all sessions ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event.

    *To increase the international diversity of attendees at our meetings, we have reduced fees for delegates from Lower and Middle Income Countries (see list of countries here). If you are in need of financial support and would like to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser. When applying for a bursary you will be asked to provide a letter stating financial need and a CV.

    Registration deadline: 14 October 2020

    Log in details for the virtual conference portal will be provided on Monday before the event

  • Abstracts

    We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

    Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

    The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been selected for an oral or poster presentation.

    All those accepted for a poster presentation will be given the opportunity to upload a short video describing their work

    Abstract deadline: 8 September 2020

    How to upload an abstract once you have already completed registration:

    1. Log back into your registration account using either Firefox or Internet Explorer as your browser, via link above the ‘Share’ button on the right hand column of this page
    2. Click on ‘Account’ (top right).
    3. Then click on ‘View account history’. This will show a table of your event registrations.
    4. In the right-hand column you will see the option to ‘Upload file’ – click on this and select to upload an abstract.
  • Sponsors
    npj Biofilms and Microbiomes – Sponsor


    DNA Genotek – Sponsor


    If you are interested in supporting this meeting, please contact the conference organiser.

  • Keynote lecture video from 2019 meeting

    Twins, microbiomes and personalised health - Professor Tim Spector

    Keynote lecture by Tim Spector (King’s College London, UK) at Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease 2019