Microbiome Conference 2019 - Program


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Thursday, 31 October 2019

18:00 – 19:00

Keynote Lecture & Opening

  • Personalizing treatments using microbiome and clinical data

      Eran Segal, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

19:00 – 20:30
Welcome reception


Friday, 01 November 2019

9:00 – 11:00

Pregnancy and Pregnancy Complications

  • Pregnancy Microbiome

      Omry Koren, Bar Ilan University, Israel

  • 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

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

  • The Microbiome of the Reproductive Tract and Pregnancy

       Gregory Buck, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Panel Discussion

11:00 – 11:30Coffee Break & Poster Presentations
11:30 – 12:30

Debate: "Are we born sterile?"

  • CONKjersti Aagaard, Baylor College of Medicine, USA


  • PROMathias Hornef, RWTH University Hospital, Germany
12:30 – 14:00Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:45

Birth Mode

  • Probiotics in Pregnancy and Early Infancy

      Erika IsolauriTurku University Hospital, Finland

  • Vaginal Microbiome and Preterm Birth

       David MacIntyre, Imperial College London, UK

  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis

       Josef Neu, University of Florida Health, USA

  • Vaginal seeding post C-section  

       Jose ClementeClemente Lab, Icahn School oooof Medicine, USA

Panel Discussion

15:45 – 16:15
Coffee Break & Poster Presentations
16:15 – 18:00

The Neonatal Period: Part 1

  • 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

Panel Discussion


Saturday, 02 November 2019

09:00 – 10:30

The Neonatal Period: Part 2

  • 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, Nestle Research Center, Switzerland

Panel Discussion

10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break & Poster Presentations
11:00 – 12:00

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

  •  Maria Carmen Collado, Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology, Spain


  •  David Mills, University of California, USA
12:00 – 13:30Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:00
Probiotics and Prebiotics in Pregnancy and Infancy

  • Probiotics in Pregnancy and Infancy
      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
15:00 – 15:30
Coffee Break & Poster Presentations
15:30 – 16:30Round Table Discussion – the Future of Microbiome