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The 2021 Microbiome Center Symposium was held virtually on January 11-13, 2021

Outstanding internationally recognized speakers highlighted the importance of microbiome-related research, its diversity, and its consequence on human health.

Keynote Speakers

Debby Bogaert, MD/PhD

Debby Bogaert, MD/PhD

Pediatric Infectious Disease, University of Edinburgh

Pathophysiology of respiratory infections and inflammation from an ecological perspective

Ravid Straussman, MD/PhD

Ravid Straussman, MD/PhD

Molecular Cell Biology, Weizmann Institute of Science

Tumor microenvironment and microbiome

Ramnik Xavier, MD

Ramnik Xavier, MD

Immunology Program, Broad Institute

Microbiome driven innate and adaptive immunity



Day 1:
Monday, Jan 11

12:00 - 1:00 PM Debby Bogaert, MD/PhD, Keynote Lecture: Born in a microbial cloud; how early life events may affect respiratory health
1:00 - 1:45 PM Jessica Scoffield, PhD: Impact of Streptococcus salivarius on Pseudomonas aeruginosa pathogenesis
1:45 - 2:25 PM Beatriz Leon-Ruiz, PhD: Role of gut microbiota in infant susceptibility to asthma and allergic disease
2:30 - 3:00 PM Jeff Singer, MD/PhD: Targeting the microbiome to prevent neonatal late-onset sepsis

Day 2:
Tuesday, Jan 12

12:00 - 1:00 PM Ravid Straussmann, MD/PhD, Keynote Lecture: Characterizing the tumor microbiome and its effects on response to therapy
1:00 - 1:45 PM Selene Meza-Perez, PhD: Gut microbiome affects cancer metastasis in the omentum by modifying Tregs suppression phenotype
1:45 - 2:00 PM Nathan Erdmann, MD/PhD: Bacterial co-colonization in COVID-19 associated ARDS predicts clinical outcomes
2:00 - 2:15 PM Prescott Atkinson, MD/PhD: Variable abundance and diversity among Spiroplasma Strains in Horse Flies (Tabinidae) in Southeastern United States
2:15 - 3:00 PM Microbiome Symposium Virtual Poster Session - via UAB website
2:15 - 2:30 PM Elliot Lefkowitz, PhD: UAB Microbiome Bioinformatics: The analyses and visualization of your data
2:30 - 3:00 PM Elliot Lefkowitz, PhD, Casey Morrow, PhD, Jeremy Foote, DVM/PhD & Charles Elson, MD: Q&A session with panelists to discuss microbiome related capabilities available at UAB

Day 3:
Wednesday, Jan 13

12:00 - 1:00 PM Ramnik Xavier, MD, Keynote Lecture: Gut microbes, metabolism and mucosal immunity
1:00 - 1:45 PM Kent Willis MD, FAAP: The gut-lung axis shapes innate pulmonary immunity in bronchopulmonary dysplasia
1:45 - 2:00 PM Akash Nagarajan, BS: Insights into the gut microbiota changes associated with Alzheimer's disease and aging in the Tgf344-AD rat model
2:00 - 2:15 PM Abbi Hernandez, PhD: Alzheimer's disease-inflicted microbiome alterations may be ameriolated by a ketogenic, time restricted diet in rats
2:15 - 2:30 PM Zachary Wallen, PhD: Characterizing dysbiosis of gut microbiome in Parkinson's Disease: evidence of overabundance of opportunistic pathogens
2:30 - 3:00 PM Christina Muzny, MD/MSPH & Chris Taylor, PhD: Shotgun metagenomic Sequencing of vaginal specimens suggests potential Involvement of phages preceding incident bacterial vaginosis