Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease Conference


The ‘5th Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease‘ took place at Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, Cambridge, between the 7th and 9th of September. The outcomes of extensive investigations into the benefits and risks of the interactions between microbiome and host were unveiled in a series of talks by the scientists participating at this conference. Posters were also presented during two different poster sessions. This year, the organisation also included a novelty called ‘Lightning Talks‘, where the poster authors had the challenging opportunity to present their work during one minute.

Dr Giulia Mancano presenting her poster: “Microbiota: a link between obesity and mood disorders

Dr Giulia Mancano with her poster

Before the conference began, many researchers also attended the workshop entitled ‘Welcome to the Simplex: analyzing your microbiome datasets as compositions’ provided by Dr Gregory Gloor and Dr Jean Macklaim from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. During this workshop participants learned how to analyse data generated by high throughput sequencing using R.

Many of the results presented will have significant implications for future investigations; topics discussed included the advances in microbiota transplantation, lung microbiome and microbiome-host interactions in chronic diseases. During this last session, Dr Marina Mora-Ortiz from ClausLab, also presented a brief talk entitled ‘Collinsella stercoris induces body weight gain in a gender specific way’ reporting the last findings from her research.

Sadly this was the last conference where Prof Glenn Gibsonfrom the University of Reading, participated as a member of the organizing committee.  We are very grateful for his numerous contributions to the success of the conference.

Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease conference in full swing

Conference Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease

By Dr Marina Mora-Ortiz

12th of September, 2016