2014 Education Symposium

Gut Microbiotia, Probiotics and Their Impact Throughout the Lifespan

September 22, 2014

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Changes in the microbiota throughout the lifespan can have an important effect not only to treat symptoms and disease, but to impact disease prevention and health promotion.  There has been a striking increase in immune-mediated inflammatory diseases in developed countries in recent years.  This symposium will address this area as well as a wide range of emerging issues.

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W. Allan Walker
Conrad Taff Professor of Nutrition & Pediatrics
Director, Division of Nutrition, Harvard Medical School
Director, Mucosal Immunology Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital

Opening Keynote: Manipulating the Microbiota: Beyond Traditional Probiotics and Fecal Transplant

R. Balfour Sartor, MD
Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology; Director, UNC Multidisciplinary Center for IBD Research and Treatment, University of North Carolina


Moderator: Mary Ellen Sanders, PhD
Dairy & Food Culture Technologies

Keynote: The Microbiota During Pregnancy

Omry Koren, PhD
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Bar Ilan University, Israel

Probiotic Use During Pregnancy for Protection Against Childhood Diseases

Erika Isolauri, MD, D. Med. Sc
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Turku; Chief Physician, Department of Paediatrics, Turku University Hospital, Finland

Diet and Microbiotic Exposure During Pregnancy and Immune Protection Against Allergic Manifestations

Erika von Mutius, MD, MSc
Professor of Pediatrics, Head of Asthma and Allergy Department
Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, Germany

Session IA Discussion


Moderator: W. Allan Walker, MD
Harvard Medical School

Keynote: Development of Human Infant Intestinal Microbiota

David A. Relman, MD
Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor, Departments of Medicine and of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University

Antibiotics and Neonatal Colonization

Martin J. Blaser, MD
Muriel and George Singer Professor of Medicine; Professor of Microbiology
Director, Human Microbiome Program, New York University Langone Medical Center

Establishment of a Milk-Oriented Microbiota in Infants: New Insight into Probiotics and Prebiotics

David A. Mills, PhD
Peter J. Shields Endowed Chair in Dairy Food Science, Department of Viticulture and Enology, Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis

Probiotic Studies in NEC

W. Allan Walker, MD
Conrad Taff Professor of Nutrition; Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Division of Nutrition, Harvard Medical School, Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

The Perinatal Microbiome: Implications for Health and Disease

Josef Neu, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, University of Florida

Session IB Discussion


Moderators: Peter R. Holt, MD, The Rockefeller University
and Richard L. Guerrant, MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Keynote: Diet and the Gut Microbiota

Gary D. Wu, MD
Ferdinand G. Weisbrod Professor of Gastroenterology; Associate Chief of Research, Division of Gastroenterology; Associate Director, Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Disease, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Microbial Determination of Mucosal Homeostasis vs Chronic Intestinal Inflammation

R. Balfour Sartor, MD
Distinguised Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, and Immunology; Director, UNC Multidisciplinary Center for IBD Research and Treatment, University of North Carolina

Microbial Interventions for Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome

Max Nieuwdorp, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine; Head of Experimental Vascular Medicine Department, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Netherland; Visiting Professor, Gothenborg University, Sweden

Microbiota and Brain Gut Axis

Emeran A. Mayer, MD
Professor, Department of Medicine, Physiology and Psychiatry; Co-Director, CURE: Digestive Disease Research Center; David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles; Executive Director, Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress

Microbiome-gut-brain Interactions in an Autism Mouse Model

Elaine Y. Hsiao, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Division of Biology & Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Session II Discussion


Moderator: Samuel Klein, MD,
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Keynote: Microbiota in Older Adults– Changes, Associations, and Intervention Prospects

Paul W. O’Toole, PhD
Professor of Microbial Genomics. School of Microbiology & Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork, Ireland

Probiotics and the Elderly Microbiome – Is it Ever Too Late to Change

Patricia L. Hibberd, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Chief, Division of Global Health, Department of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital

Prevention of Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infection

Ciarán P. Kelly, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Training; Medical Director, Celiac Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Diet, Microbiota and Atherosclerosis

Stanley L. Hazen, MD, PhD
Chair, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine; Vice Chair of Translational Research, Lerner Research Institute; Section Head of Preventive Cardiology & Cardiac Rehabilitation, Heart and Vascular Institute. Cleveland Clinic

Session III Discussion

Final Overview Keynote: Future Direction

Jonathan Braun, MD, PhDProfessor
Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

Closing Remarks

W. Allan Walker, MD

Presetned by Harvard Medical School Division of Nutrition and Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard, Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center, and Harvard School of Public Health Department of Nutrition
Unrestricted Educational Grants provided by: Danone Nutritcia Research, Global Probiotics Council, Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard, Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd.