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  Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease

8-10 May 2012

Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

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This new Wellcome Trust Scientific Conference will bring together leading scientists from the fields of microbiology, ecology, immunology, gastroenterology and paediatrics to discuss the latest developments in this fast-moving field.
Gut microflora play important roles in how we derive energy from our diet and how we store this energy. Recent studies have revealed the extraordinary complexity of the gut microbial ecology and its network connectivity to the metabolic regulation of important pathways in the host.

Microbiome abnormalities have been associated with many non-infectious diseases including inflammatory bowel conditions, colonic cancer, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, obesity and autism.  Gut microbial activity also plays an important role in drug metabolism and toxicity. Understanding the role of the microbiome will offer new insights into major disease processes and discovery of new therapeutic strategies that either target the microbiome directly or use this information in new stratified medicine approaches.

Sessions will include:
Development and diversity of the microbiome
The influence of the microbiome on disease
Metabolism interactions
Modulating the microbiome (probiotics & prebiotics)
Functional metagenomics and integrated systems biology
Drugable therapies

Scientific Organisers
Fredrik Bäckhed, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Glenn Gibson Reading University, UK
Jeremy Nicholson Imperial College London, UK

Invited Speakers include:
Willem de Vos, Wageningen. WU Agrotechnology & Food Sciences, The Netherlands
Francisco Guarner, University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Spain
Elaine Holmes, Imperial College London, UK
Curtis Huttenhower, Harvard University, USA
Sunil Kochhar, Nestle, UK
Ruth Ley, Cornell University, USA
Julian Marchesi, Cardiff University, UK
Simon Murch, Warwick Medical School, UK
Gregor Reid, Lawson Health Research Institute, Canada
Karen Scott, Rowett Research Institute, UK
Fergus Shanahan, University College Cork, Ireland
Douwe van Sinderen, University College Cork, Ireland
Ian Wilson, AstraZeneca, UK

Abstract submission is strongly encouraged as several talks will be selected from abstracts

A draft programme is available here.

Registration and Accommodation 

The accommodation packages include registration, meals and housing for the nights of the 8 and 9 May 2012. 
If you require additional nights this will be at an additional cost, please contact Jemma on directly for availability.
The no accommodation packages includes registration and meals only.

Important – limited on-site accommodation
Accommodation onsite, Holiday Inn Express, Duxford and the Cambridge Central Travelodge has now reached capacity.
Please visit for accommodation in Cambridge. A shuttle service will be provided from Cambridge City Centre to the Conference Centre

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Registration Deadline: Closed
A limited number of registration bursaries are available for graduate students. To apply, please send an Abstract (with title, author name, affiliation and gender) and a Letter of support from your supervisor to the event organiser Jemma Beard no later than 12 March 2012. The bursary application is now closed.

Abstracts and Posters
Abstract Deadline - Closed
Please ensure that you follow the abstract guidelines and upload your abstract during registration.
If you are not ready to up-load your abstract at the time of registration, please e-mail your abstract document to Jemma on no later than 12 March 2012.

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 conference.


We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following organisations:



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