Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease

13 - 15 September 2017Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    The 6th Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and
    Disease meeting will once again bring together leading scientists and
    clinicians from the fields of microbiology, immunology, gastroenterology
    and public health to discuss the latest developments in this fast-moving

    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

    This meeting will update current knowledge of how various microbiomes
    (oral, gut, lung, non-bacterial etc.) communicate with the host and the
    factors that influence these interactions. The programme will discuss the
    new developments enabled by metagenomics, metabolomics and other
    technologies. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in
    discussions on how to apply recent discoveries to disease processes,
    health restoration and maintenance. This year’s meeting will also include
    discussion sessions on faecal transplants and on the evidence required to
    prove causality in microbiome research. As in previous years, the warm
    welcome given to students and the open friendly atmosphere provide
    attendees with an enjoyable conference.

  • Programme

    The conference will open with registration at 11:30 and presentations
    from 12:30 on Wednesday, 13 September, and close at 13.30 on Friday, 15
    September 2017.

    The session topics are:

    • Faecal transplants get interesting
    • Beyond the gut microbiome: local and distant effects
    • Bacterial interactions: how, what, where?
    • Host-pathogen-commensal dynamics
    • Bioremediation
    • Non-bacterial microbiomes
    • Functionality within the microbiome
    • Translating microbiome science to impact global populations

    The programme is available.

  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Patricia Hibberd Boston University, USA
    Colin Hill
    University College Cork, Ireland
    Cath O’Neill
    University of Manchester, UK
    Gregor Reid
    Lawson Health Research Institute, Canada

    Karen Scott
    University of Aberdeen, UK

    Keynote Speaker
    Patricia Hibberd Boston University, USA

    Confirmed Speakers
    Laure Bindels Université catholique de Louvain,
    Gary Borisy The Forsyth Institute, USA
    Paula Castro Universidade Católica Portuguesa/Porto,
    Li Oon Chuah Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
    Tom Curtis Newcastle University, UK
    Carolina de Weerth Radboud University, The
    Laurent Debarbieux Institut Pasteur, France
    Joel Dore INRA, France
    Gillian Gardiner Waterford Institute of Technology,
    Jana Jass Orebro University, Sweden
    Remco Kort Yoba-for-life, The Netherlands
    Julian Marchesi Cardiff University/Imperial College
    London, UK
    Joanne Pennock University of Manchester, UK
    Pauline Scanlan University College Cork, Ireland
    Taco van der Meulen UMC Groningen, The Netherlands

    Conference organiser
    Zoey Willard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Student No accommodation £308
    Student On site twin accommodation £410
    Student On site single accommodation £472
    Academic No accommodation £408
    Academic On site twin accommodation £510
    Academic On site single accommodation £572
    Commercial No accommodation £508
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £610
    Commercial On site single accommodation £672

    The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster
    sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments
    during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have
    booked accommodation.

    Registration deadline: Closed

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 13 and 14 September 2017.
    Please note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be
    allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early
    registration is recommended.

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference
    dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

    Travel visas
    Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a
    travel visa application. Please note: letters will only be provided to
    confirmed registrants.

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
    visa to enter the UK. 
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
    or longer.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:
    UK Border Agency website: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/

    Information for general visitors and business visitors: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/visiting/business/business-activities/

  • 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.

    Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0-
    portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the
    conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the

    Abstract deadline: Closed

    Abstract guidelines can be viewed here.

  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students
    to attend this conference (up to 50% of the registration fee) from
    Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • Abstract
    • CV
    • Covering letter
    • Letter from supervisor

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: Closed

  • Sponsors

    The organisers would like to thank the following companies for their