The CGIF maintains a tradition established in 1951 to provide academic and industry scientists a biennial forum to present the latest advances in our understanding of gastrointestinal microbiology, (immuno)physiology, and nutritional sciences.

The topics presented at the Congress include studies with livestock and poultry species for food production and biomedical research, as well as clinical and nutritional studies relevant to improving human health and well-being. Research that addresses the environmental and public health impacts from gastrointestinal microbiology (e.g., the ecology of antibiotic resistance, food safety, and waste management) is also welcome.

A special Monday morning workshop focusing on “Early acquisition and development of the gut microbiome: A comparative approach” has been planned as a preliminary session to the main CGIF Symposium. The special session featuring five invited speakers will begin at 8:30 am and finish at 1:00 pm. This special session will require an additional fee of $75 in order to attend. This new item now appears on the registration form for payment. The main CGIF Symposium will begin at 2:00 pm.

The 2017 Congress will be held at the Gleacher Center, located close to Chicago's "Magnificent Mile," and we're proud to recruit an excellent group of plenary speakers (please visit the "Invited Speaker" page). The abstract submissions will be used by the Congress's Scientific Committee to select oral presentations for the 5 sessions, with dedicated space for poster presentation throughout the Congress and a formal poster session also included in the schedule for Tuesday evening with the mixer. Please note that we have moved the business meeting to the time slot before lunch on Wednesday to encourage better attendance by attendees.

Also, we are pleased to announce that the Congress established the J. B. Russell Young Scientist Awards for the best oral and the best poster presentations by junior scientists. The 2015 awardees for Best Oral Presentations were N. Patel (PhD student, University of Oklahoma) and A. Harlow (PhD student, University of Kentucky). The 2015 awardees for Best Poster Presentations were N. Malmuthuge (PhD student, University of Alberta) and A. Allen (Undergraduate Honors student, Eastern Illinois University).

Please explore our website for more details, and we invite you to attend our next Congress, scheduled to be held in Chicago, April 10–12, 2017.

Rod Mackie, Chair 2017, University of Illinois, USA

On behalf of the CGIF Committee: Jane A. Z. Leedle (JL Microbiology Inc.), Isaac Cann (University of Illinois), Jeffrey L. Firkins (The Ohio State University), Ken Griswold (Kemin Industries), and Todd Callaway (USDA-ARS)

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