“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 established.
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.”