Plenary Speakers and Tentative Talk Titles

Confirmed speakers and provisional titles for the CGIF 2019 program (1:30 p.m. on Monday April 15th through 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday April 17th) are as follows:

  • Bryant Memorial Lecture
    Prof Mark Morrison, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia—9th Bryant Memorial Lecture: “Not all methane is created equally: Concepts and consequences for a diet-induced inflammatory microbiota?”
  • Itzhak Mizrahi, Ben-Gurion University, Israel—“Forces that govern persistence and temporal dynamics in the animal gut microbiome”
  • Gloria Dominguez-Bello, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA—“Perinatal impacts, microbiome and health”
  • Phil Pope, Norwegian University of Life Sciences—“Learning from the locals: Linking digestion in wild ruminants to improved diets in livestock”
  • Petra Louis, Aberdeen University, UK—“Dietary carbohydrate metabolism by the human gut microbiota”

The topic selected for the Monday morning special session (April 15, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) is "Bugs and Drugs.” By which we mean the theme will be microbial endocrinology, following the concept of chemical mechanisms and biological consequences that the gut microbiome has on either synthesis or modification of natural biological compounds or administered drugs/medicines (i.e., the interface between chemistry × medicine × biology).

With this concept in mind, the following speakers have been confirmed:

  • Peter Turnbaugh, University of California San Francisco, California, USA —“Metabolism of drugs by human gut bacteria”
  • Dylan Dodd, Stanford University, California, USA—“A mechanistic approach to defining the biology of microbiome-derived metabolites”
  • Nassos Typas, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany—“High-throughput approaches to study microbial-drug interactions”
  • Michael Zimmermann, Yale University School of Medicine, USA—“Systematic identification of drug-metabolizing gut microbes and their gene products”
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