Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease

7–9 September 2016

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK


The 5th Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and
Disease meeting will once again bring together leading scientists and
clinicians from the fields of microbiology, ecology, immunology,
gastroenterology, dermatology and public health to discuss the latest
developments in this fast-moving field.

Recent studies have revealed the extraordinary complexity of the gut
microbial ecology and its network connectivity to the metabolic
regulation of important pathways in the host. Alterations in the
composition of the microbiome have been associated with many
non-infectious diseases including inflammatory bowel conditions,
autoimmune diseases, cancers and diabetes. Studies on microbiota from
other body sites are helping us to achieve a more comprehensive
understanding of how microorganisms affect the host.

This meeting will update current knowledge of how various microbiomes
(oral, gut, skin, lung etc.) communicate with the host and the factors
that influence these interactions. The programme will discuss the new
developments enabled by metagenomics, metabolomics and other
technologies. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in
discussions on how to apply recent discoveries to disease processes,
health restoration and maintenance. As in previous years, the warm
welcome given to students and the open friendly atmosphere provide
attendees with an enjoyable conference.


The conference will start at approximately 12.00 on Wednesday, 7
September and close at approximately 13.30 on Friday, 9 September 2016.
There will be a workshop on data analysis from 9.30-12.00 on Wedensday 7
September, before the main conference programme begins.

Topics will include:

  • Host-microbe communication
  • Microbiome in chronic disease
  • New technology
  • Study design and exploiting the data
  • Microbes at key stages of life
  • Diet and the microbiome
  • Skin microbiome
  • Microbiome evolution
  • Lung microbiome
  • Mechanisms

Organisers and speakers


Scientific programme committee
Glenn Gibson University of Reading, UK
Gregor Reid
Lawson Health Research Institute, Canada
Cath O’Neill
University of Manchester, UK
Karen Scott
University of Aberdeen, UK
Colin Hill
University College Cork, Ireland

Keynote speakers
Doug Kell
University of Manchester, UK
Paul O’Toole
University College Cork, Ireland

Confirmed speakers
Bjorn Andersson
Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Lisa Barrett
Dalhousie University,
Debby Bogaert
UMC Utrecht/Sheffield University, The
Paul Bowyer University of Manchester, UK
Carmen Collado
UTU, Finland and IATA-CSIC, Spain

Robert P. Dickson
University of Michigan, USA
Greg Gloor
University of Western Ontario, Canada
Audrey Gueniche
LOREAL, France
Ailsa Hart
St Mark’s Hospital, UK
Daniel Merenstein
Georgetown University, USA
Clarissa Nobile
University of California, USA
Majdi Osman
OpenBiome, USA
Barry Plant
University College Cork, Ireland
Jacques Ravel
University of Maryland School of Medicine,
W. Joost Wiersinga
University of Amsterdam, The
Neil Williams
Nottingham Trent University, UK

Conference organiser
Jemma Beard
Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

How to apply

Registration Fees:

Student No accommodation £299.00
Student On site twin accommodation £399.00
Student On site single accommodation £461.00
Academic No accommodation £399.00
Academic On site twin accommodation £499.00
Academic On site single accommodation £561.00
Commercial No accommodation £499.00
Commercial On site twin accommodation £599.00
Commercial On site single accommodation £661.00


The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster
sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments
during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have
booked accommodation.

Registration deadline: Closed.

Accommodation is provided for the nights of 7 and 8 September
2016. Please note: there is limited onsite accommodation
and this will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Therefore, early registration is recommended.

If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference
dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

Travel visas
Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a
travel visa application. Please note: letters will only be provided to
confirmed registrants.

Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
visa to enter the UK.
Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
or longer.

Please visit the following websites for further information:
UK Border Agency website: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/

Information for general visitors and business visitors: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/visiting/business/business-activities/


We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the
meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral
presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the
deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been
selected for an oral or poster presentation.

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

Abstract deadline: Closed

Abstract guidelines can be viewed here.


A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students
to attend this conference (up to 50% of the registration fee) from
Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

The following documents will need to be provided:

  • Abstract
  • CV
  • Covering letter
  • Letter from supervisor

To apply, please contact the conference organiser.

Bursary deadline: Closed

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