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  Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease

8-10 July 2013

Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK

Abstract Deadline: closed |  Registration Deadline: closed

The 2nd Wellcome Trust conference on Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease will bring together leading scientists from the fields of microbiology, immunology, nutrition, gastroenterology and neuroscience to discuss the latest developments in this fast developing field.

This meeting will focus on how various microbiomes (oral, gut, skin etc.) interact with the host. Discussions will also include the influence of the microbiome on reproduction and development, mental health and cognitive function. The use of pro- and prebiotics to reduce disease risk and the development of new foods and drugs based on microbes will also be a focus of the meeting. We will also host the ‘great debate’, which will be a forum to discuss the opportunities and challenges in translating microbiome research into benefits in public health.

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.

We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to microbiome research. 
Although the abstract deadline has passed, it is possible to submit an abstract to be considered for a poster.

Please note:
Owing to building works to expand the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre at Hinxton, this conference will take place at Fitzwilliam College - part of the historic University of Cambridge.

Scientific sessions
Reproduction and development
Mental health and cognitive function
Human-animal microbiome interactions
New foods and drugs
Microbiome and Public Health

Scientific organising committee
Glenn Gibson University of Reading, UK
Cath O’Neill University of Manchester, UK
Gregor Reid Lawson Health Research Institute, Canada
Karen Scott Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen, UK

Confirmed speakers
Siv Ahrne Lund University, Sweden
Premysl Bercik McMaster University, Canada
Frederic Bushman University of Pennsylvania, USA
Michiel Kleerebezem, NIZO Your Food Researchers, The Netherlands
Andrew McBain University of Manchester, UK
Dan Merenstein Georgetown University, USA
Cath O’Neill University of Manchester, UK
Bruno Pot Centre of Infection and Immunity Lille, France
Bob Rastall University of Reading,UK
Jacques Ravel University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA
Gregor Reid Lawson Health Research Institute, Canada
Denise Robertson University of Surrey, UK
Jeremy Sanderson Kings College London, UK
Andrew Smith Cardiff University, UK
Lothar Steidler ActoGeniX, Belgium
Jonathan Swann University of Reading, UK
Peter Whorwell University of Manchester, UK

Please click here for a copy of the draft programme.
Please Note - The programme is subject to change.

The conference will open with registration from 12:30 on the 8 July 2013 with talks starting at 14:00. The conference will close at approx. 15:30 on 10 July 2013.


Registration and Accommodation

Registration Fees


No Accommodation



Single Accommodation with ensuite



No Accommodation



Single Accommodation with ensuite



No Accommodation 



Single Accommodation with ensuite


Onsite accommodation at Fitzwilliam College is no longer available, alternative accommodation can be booked at Churchill College, which is a 5 minute walk from Fitzwilliam College, please visit
For alternative accommodation in Cambridge, please visit

The accommodation packages include registration, meals and housing for the nights of the 8 and 9 July 2013.
The no accommodation package includes registration and meals only.

Registration closed - places still available, please contact


Abstracts and Posters

Abstract submission

The deadline for abstracts was 27 May 2013. The scientific committee is currently assessing abstracts and you will be notified whether you have been selected to give a short talk or poster presentation by email.
If you would like to submit an abstract to be considered as a poster, please contact Jemma no later than 17 June.

Please ensure that you follow the abstract guidelines and upload your abstract during registration.

Please Note: abstracts will not be accepted if the presenting author is not registered.

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.

A limited number of registration bursaries for PhD students and junior postdoctoral researchers (providing up to 50% off the registration fee) are available from the Wellcome Trust Scientific Conferences programme. To apply, please send:
Covering letter
Letter from supervisor
to the conference organiser Jemma Beard at by 27 May 2013.

Travel Visas

If you require a letter to support your visa application, please contact Jemma Beard on



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