Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease

13–15 September 2017

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK


The 6th Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and
Disease meeting will once again bring together leading scientists and
clinicians from the fields of microbiology, immunology, gastroenterology
and public health to discuss the latest developments in this fast-moving

Recent studies have revealed the complexity of the gut microbial ecology
and its network connectivity to the metabolic regulation of important
pathways in the host. Studies on microbiota from various body sites are
helping us to understand how microorganisms affect the host. Alterations
in microbiome composition have been associated with many non-infectious
diseases including inflammatory bowel conditions, autoimmune diseases,
cancers and diabetes, although in many cases causality has yet to be

This meeting will update current knowledge of how various microbiomes
(oral, gut, lung, non-bacterial 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. This year’s meeting will also include
discussion sessions on faecal transplants and on the evidence required to
prove causality in microbiome research. As in previous years, the warm
welcome given to students and the open friendly atmosphere provide
attendees with an enjoyable conference.


The conference will open with registration at 11:30 and presentations
from 12:30 on Wednesday, 13 September, and close at 13.30 on Friday, 15
September 2017.

The session topics are:

  • Faecal transplants get interesting
  • Beyond the gut microbiome: local and distant effects
  • Bacterial interactions: how, what, where?
  • Host-pathogen-commensal dynamics
  • Bioremediation
  • Non-bacterial microbiomes
  • Functionality within the microbiome
  • Translating microbiome science to impact global populations

The programme is available.

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee
Patricia Hibberd Boston University, USA
Colin Hill
University College Cork, Ireland
Cath O’Neill
University of Manchester, UK
Gregor Reid
Lawson Health Research Institute, Canada
Karen Scott
University of Aberdeen, UK

Keynote Speaker
Patricia Hibberd Boston University, USA

Confirmed Speakers
Laure Bindels Université catholique de Louvain,
Gary Borisy The Forsyth Institute, USA
Paula Castro Universidade Católica Portuguesa/Porto,
Li Oon Chuah Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Tom Curtis Newcastle University, UK
Carolina de Weerth Radboud University, The
Laurent Debarbieux Institut Pasteur, France
Joel Dore INRA, France
Gillian Gardiner Waterford Institute of Technology,
Jana Jass Orebro University, Sweden
Remco Kort Yoba-for-life, The Netherlands
Julian Marchesi Cardiff University/Imperial College
London, UK
Joanne Pennock University of Manchester, UK
Pauline Scanlan University College Cork, Ireland
Taco van der Meulen UMC Groningen, The Netherlands

Conference organiser
Zoey Willard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

How to apply

Registration Fees:

Student No accommodation £308
Student On site twin accommodation £410
Student On site single accommodation £472
Academic No accommodation £408
Academic On site twin accommodation £510
Academic On site single accommodation £572
Commercial No accommodation £508
Commercial On site twin accommodation £610
Commercial On site single accommodation £672


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 13 and 14 September 2017.
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/


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


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.

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