Microbiome Conference 2019 - Program


Thursday, 31 October 2019

14:30 - 17:15
QIIME2 Workshop

J. Gregory Caporaso, Northern Arizona University, USA
Jose ClementeClemente Lab, Icahn School of Medicine, USA
17:45 – 19:30

Keynote Lectures & Opening


Omry KorenBar Ilan University, Israel

  • The growing body and its interactions with the evolving gut microbiome
      Sven PetterssonNanyang Technological University of   Singapore
  • Personalizing treatments using microbiome and clinical data

      Eran Segal, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

19:30 – 20:30
Welcome reception


Friday, 01 November 2019

​09:00 - 09:30
​Keynote Lecture

  • Pregnancy Microbiome

      Omry KorenBar Ilan University, Israel

09:30 – 10:30

Pregnancy and Pregnancy Complications: Part 1


Enrico Ferrazzi, University of Milan, Italy

  • Pregnancy in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Reciprocal Interactions
    Gwenny Fuhler, University Medical Center Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • How genes and environment influence vertical transmission of the microbiome

      Duccio Cavalieri, University of Florence, Italy

  • The impact of a maternal diet during pregnancy on the developing microbiome
       Kjersti AagaardBaylor College of Medicine, USA

Panel Discussion

10:30 – 11:00
Coffee Break, Exhibition & Poster Viewing
​11:00 - 12:00
Pregnancy and Pregnancy Complications: Part 2


Enrico FerrazziUniversity of Milan, Italy

  • The Microbiome of the Reproductive Tract and Pregnancy

       Gregory BuckVirginia Commonwealth University, USA

  • TBC

      Francesco de Seta, University of Trieste, Italy

  • Oral probiotics and vaginal colonization
      Fabio Facchinetti, University Hospital of Modena, Italy

Panel Discussion
12:00 – 13:00

Debate: "Are we born sterile?"


Francesco de Seta, University of Trieste, Italy

  • NoKjersti Aagaard, Baylor College of Medicine, USA


  • Yes - Mathias Hornef, RWTH University Hospital, Germany
13:00 – 14:00Break, Exhibition & Poster Viewing
14:00 – 15:20

Birth Mode


Fabio FacchinettiUniversity Hospital of Modena, Italy

  • Vaginal Microbiome and Preterm Birth

       David MacIntyreImperial College London, UK

  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis

       Josef NeuUniversity of Florida Health, USA

  • Vaginal seeding post C-section  

       Jose ClementeClemente Lab, Ichan School of Medicine, USA

  • Oral Microbiota in Pregnancy and Preterm Delivery

       Flavia IndrioUniversity of Bari, Italy

Panel Discussion

​15:20 - 15:50
​Keynote Lecture

  • Probiotics in Pregnancy and Early Infancy

      Erika IsolauriTurku University Hospital, Finland

15:50 – 16:20
Coffee Break, Exhibition & Poster Viewing
16:20 – 18:00

The Neonatal Period: Part 1


Paolo Fiorina, University of Milan, Italy

  • Strain Level Transmission from Mother to Child

       Nicola Segata, University of Trento, Italy

  • Antibiotics in Pregnancy and Lactation and the Influence on Behaviour

      John Bienenstock, McMaster University, Canada

  • Ontogeny of the enteric host-microbial interaction

       Mathias HornefRWTH University Hospital, Germany

  • The Infant Microbiome

       Moran Yassour, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

  • Infancy and parasites: the hygiene hypothesis and the other side of the microbiota
      Simona Panelli, University of Milan, Italy  &
      Claudio Bandi, University of Milan, Italy

Panel Discussion


Saturday, 02 November 2019

09:00 – 10:45

The Neonatal Period: Part 2


Gian Vincenzo Zuccotti, University of Milan, Italy

Claudio Bandi, University of Milan, Italy

  • Gut Microbiome in Preterm infants

      Samuli Rautava, University of Turku, Finland

  • Impact of early life factors on microbiota development: focus on bifidobacteria

       Miguel Gueimonde, IPLA-CSIC, Spain

  • Early life microbiome and infection

      Olga Sakwinska, Switzerland

  • Microbiome and brain development
    Rochellys Diaz Heijtz, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden 

  • Studying the Gut Microbiome in the First Thousand Days of Life
      Gregory Caporaso, Northern Arizona University, USA

Panel Discussion

10:45 – 11:15
Coffee Break, Exhibition & Poster Viewing
11:15 – 12:10

Microbiome and Breastfeeding – does it exist, is it good or bad?


Hellas Cena, University of Pavia, Italy

  •  Maria Carmen Collado, Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology, Spain
  •  David Mills, University of California, USA
​12:10 – 13:30
​Non-CME industry session
(not included in the main event CME/CPD credit offering)
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13:30 – 14:30
Break, Exhibition & Poster Viewing
14:30 – 15:35
Probiotics and Prebiotics in Pregnancy and Infancy
Rochellys Diaz HeijtzKarolinska Institutet, Sweden 

  • Postbiotics - potential addition to the biotics family
      Seppo Salminen, University of Turku, Finland

  • Lessons from negative trials on probiotics 
       Hania Szajewska, Medical University of Warsaw, Poland

  • Modulating the preterm gut microbiota
       Lindsay Hall, Quadram Institute, UK

Panel Discussion
15:35 – 16:15
Panel Discussion on the Future of Microbiome and Closure