PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP DAY | TUESDAY, MAY 26

Workshop A

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.

Workshop Leader:

Kahn-Stacy

Stacy Kahn
Attending Physician, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Boston Children's Hospital

Workshop B

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.

Workshop Leader:

Xue-Jun Kong

Xue-Jun (June) Kong
Research Investigator
Massachusetts General Hospital

Workshop C

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.

Workshop Leader:

Noel Muller

Noel Muller
Assistant Professor
John Hopkins University