Beneficial Microbes

Humans and other animals have coevolved, and continue to coexist, with diverse assemblages of microorganisms that are required for normal health and development. Understanding of these normal host-microbe associations is essential if we are to understand the impact of pathogens and disease on the dynamic stability of these communities. Research utilizing a wide range of model systems has provided new insights and allowed for establishment of new technologies that provide critical insight into human health and clinical research. Also, we will be able to apply this knowledge towards improved probiotics, prebiotics and novel diagnostic approaches. The primary objective of this conference is to provide a forum for researchers in different scientific disciplines to discuss and exchange ideas regarding the role of beneficial bacteria in the promotion of health. The interdisciplinary nature of this field requires the expertise and cross-fertilization of several scientific disciplines.

Session topics include:

Inter-kingdom Signaling
Beneficial Microbe-Immune System Interactions
Human Microbiome
Role of Beneficial Microbes in Health and Disease
Role of Beneficial Microbes in the Environment
Systems Biology of Symbiotic Systems
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Program Committee

Principal Organizers

Joerg Graf
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT

Janet K. Jansson
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, CA


Heidi Goodrich-Blair
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Lora V. Hooper
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Dallas, TX

Rob Knight
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, Colorado

David Relman
Stanford University
Stanford, CA

Ned Ruby
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Justin Sonnenburg
Stanford University
Stanford, CA

22 Oct - 26 Oct 2012
San Antonio
United States of America
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