Pre-conference Workshops

Tuesday May 17, 2022

*Please note, you can select up to three workshops below when registering your event pass

**All times in EDT

10.00-12.00

WORKSHOP A: Malnourished Microbes: The Infant Gut Microbiome & Child Growth

This workshop investigates the influence of commensal microbiomes, particularly the gut microbiome, on child growth and under-nutrition. This workshop will supplement your research by exploring the mechanistic pathways linking the gut microbiome with infection, nutrition, metabolism and growth in developing countries.

This workshop will highlight:

  • A deep dive into a child’s malnourished microbiome
  • Insights into an understanding of research predominantly based in large mother-infant studies in Zimbabwe and Zambia
  • Discover how a multi-omics approach can examine the role of the gut microbiome in the development and long-term outcomes of severe acute malnutrition

Workshop Leader:

Ruairi Robertson

Ruairi Robertson
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
The Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London

13.00-15.00

WORKSHOP B: The Maternal Microbiome & Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes

The maternal microbiome is recognized as a determinant of a range of important maternal and child health outcomes, and together influences the infant microbiome and hence infant health. It is extremely important to decipher how adverse pregnancy outcomes may occur, in order to successfully prevent them. This workshop will develop your understanding in how the maternal microbiome is likely a depending factor of these adverse outcomes.

This workshop will highlight:

  • The gut microbiome and poor gestational weight gain – learn how a new-born child’s weight gain is adversely affected by a mother’s unhealthy gut microbiome
  • Postpartum microbiome and cardiometabolic complications –learn how a mother’s time after birth may signal the likelihood of certain disorder’s in their baby
  • Oral microbiome and adverse birth outcomes – discover the link between a mother’s oral health & their subsequent birth and baby’s health

Workshop Leaders:

Dr Sara Edwards

Sara Edwards
Professor
Emory University School of Nursing

Dr Erin Ferranti

Erin Ferranti
Assistant Professor
Emory University School of Nursing

Dr Irene Yang

Irene Yang
Assistant Professor
Emory University School of Nursing

15.00-17.00

WORKSHOP C: Ensuring Optimal Safety & Toxicology Profiles of Drugs Leveraging E3 Ubiquitin Ligases Gut-Brain Axis – Understanding How the Microbiome Plays an Important Part in the Mother & Baby’s Mental Wellbeing

There is increasing evidence supporting the link between the mothers gut-brain axis and a child’s brain development and behaviour. This workshop delves into a specific example of this that may be translated to help aid the understanding of how much the microbiome, specifically the gut-brain axis, plays a role in the mother and baby’s wellbeing. This workshop covers research into the activation of the maternal immune system during pregnancy by combined exposure to diesel exhaust particles and maternal stress.

This workshop will highlight:

  • The evidence that prenatal maternal exposure to diesel exhaust particles (DEP) and maternal stress significantly alters the gut-brain microbiota of offspring and produces significant social behavioural deficits in offspring
  • Alongside the changes we observe in the gut microbiome of offspring, prenatal maternal exposure to DEP and maternal stress alters the structure of the intestinal epithelium in offspring
  • If we cross-foster DEP/MS offspring to normal control mothers at birth, we can rescue their social behaviour deficits and shift their gut microbiota towards the gut microbiota of control offspring

Workshop Leaders:

Caroline Smith

Dr. Caroline Smith
Research Fellow
Harvard Medical Schoo

Danielle Redina

Dr. Danielle Rendina
Research Fellow
Harvard Medical School

Marcy Kingsbury

Dr. Marcy Kingsbury
Professor
Harvard Medical School