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  Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease

14-16 April 2014

Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

Registration has now closed as the conference has reached full capacity - please see details below to join the waitlist.

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

The microbiome has an essential role in health and in the development of a range of diseases including obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, asthma, and some neurological disorders. This meeting will focus on understanding how various microbiomes (oral, gut, skin etc.) interact with the host and the factors that influence these interactions. The programme will also explore the opportunities and challenges in translating microbiome research into benefits in public health, by examining the development of new foods, drugs and therapies that alter the microbiome.

We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to microbiome/microbiota research. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted. The previous Microbiome meetings in this series were extremely popular and scientifically well received; therefore, early registration is recommended.

Sessions will include:
How can microbes improve your health?
Re-programming the microbiome
The critical steps to translational implementation
The anti-infective potential of the microbiome
Understanding why microbes dislike the host
Animals and fish: companions and food
Towards understanding microbiome constituents
Viruses: more than an afterthought
Barriers to translating science to human 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:
Emma Allen-Vercoe University of Geulph, Canada
S. Dusko Ehrlich INRA, France
Susan Erdman MIT, USA
Harry Flint University of Aberdeen, UK
Colin Hill University College Cork, Ireland
Roberto La Ragione University of Surrey, UK
Irene Lenoir University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Sarah Lebeer University of Antwerp, Belgium
Joaquim Madrenas McGill University, Canada
John McCormick University of Western Ontario, Canada
Karen Nelson J. Craig Venter Institute, USA
Max Nieuwdorp Amsterdam Medical Centre, The Netherlands
Lesley Ogilvie Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin, Germany
David Pride University of California, San Diego, USA
Rebecca Reynolds University of Edinburgh, UK
Andrew Serazin Matatu, USA
Tim Spector King's College London, UK
Kelly Swanson University of Illinois, USA
Zoltan Takats Imperial College London, UK
Alan Walker University of Aberdeen, UK
Mark Wilcox University of Leeds, UK

The conference will open with registration from 12:30 on the 14 April 2014, with presentations starting at 14:00. The conference will close at ~15:00 on 16 April 2014.
To view a copy of the programme please click here

Registration Fees:


No accommodation



On Site Twin accommodation



On Site Single accommodation



No accommodation



On Site Twin accommodation



On Site Single accommodation



No accommodation



On Site Twin accommodation



On Site Single accommodation


Registration and Accommodation:

Please note:

Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease 2014 has reached full capacity. At this time we are accepting waitlist requests.
If you would like to join the waitlist please e-mail
Payment will not be requested at this time.

The accommodation packages include registration, meals and housing for the nights of the 14 & 15 April 2014.

The no accommodation package includes registration and meals only (breakfast is not included).
If additional nights’ accommodation are required, please contact the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre directly on or call + 44 (0)1223 495000

Please Note: Accommodation on site is no longer available, please click here for information on accommodation in the local area and in Cambridge.
Please contact jemma.beard@wtgc.orgto be placed on the waiting list for a single bedroom onsite, you will be notified by email if a bedroom becomes available. 

Abstracts and Posters

Abstract Deadline: Closed

Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted. Please not that although the abstract deadline for short talks has passed, we will consider abstracts submitted by 17 March or until we reach capacity for poster presentatons. 
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.
After the deadline the scientific committee will assess your application and abstract and you will be notified whether you have been selected for a short talk or poster presentation.

Poster Presentations
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.

Bursary Application
A number of registration bursaries are available, please contact Jemma on for further information.

Travel Visas
If you require a letter of acceptance in order to obtain a travel visa please e-mail

Conference organiser contact details
Jemma Beard
Direct dial: +44 (0) 1223 495120
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 495023


We would like to acknowledge the generous support from the following organisations (for information on sponsoring this conference, please
contact us):



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