PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP DAY | TUESDAY, MAY 26
Exploring the Role of FMT as an Infant Microbiome Therapeutic
09:00 - 11:30
Although Fecal Microbiota Transplants have successfully treated Clostridium difficile infections and GI related conditions, the use of FMT is still considered an experimental treatment. The purpose of this session is to explore in what capacity FMT will play a role in rebalancing the immune system of infants.
Attending Physician, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Boston Children's Hospital
Assessing the Gut-Brain Axis in Infants
12:00 - 14:30
The relationship between the gut microbiome and the development of neurological conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, especially in infants, is beginning to be shown, however whether there are actually any causative links. The workshop will explore recent studies looking at this relationship, look at current gaps in our knowledge and apply this to help shape future practice in this space.
Xue-Jun (June) Kong
Massachusetts General Hospital
Defining How Route of Birth Influences Infant Microbiome Development
15:00 - 17:30
Although studies such as Baby Biome have delved deeper into whether there is a relationship between the route of birth and the infant microbiome, there is still a lot of debate surrounding whether this link is causal or due to other circumstances. This session will facilitate debate around this issue topic to fully examine the extent birth route has on the development of the microbiome.
John Hopkins University