2015 – Diet and Microbiota in Health and Disease

July 8-9, 2015 | Boston

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Speaker biographies


Wednesday July 8, 2015

W. Allan Walker, M.D.
Conrad Taff Professor of Nutrition; Professor of Pediatrics; Director, Division of Nutrition, Harvard Medical School; Director, Mucosal Immunology Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital

Keynote Address: “Diet and Microbiota in Health and Disease”

Harry J. Flint, Ph.D.
Professor, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

Diet and Microbiota in Health and Disease

W. Allan Walker, M.D.
Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

The Microbiome During Pregnancy
(Recording to come)
Omry Koren, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine Bar Ilan University, Israel

The Role of Breast Milk in Early Intestinal Colonization
W. Allan Walker, M.D.
Conrad Taff Professor of Nutrition; Professor of Pediatrics; Director, Division of Nutrition, Harvard Medical School, Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

Processed Foods
Andrew Gerwitz, Ph.D.
University Center Professor, Center for Inflammation, Immunity, & Infection, Institute for Biomedical Sciences, Georgia State University

Diet, Microbiota and the Elderly
Ian B. Jeffery, Ph.D.
Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College, Cork, Ireland

Session I Roundtable Discussion

Diet and Microbial Metabolites

George L. Blackburn, M.D., Ph.D.,
Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Welcome and Introductions

George L. Blackburn, M.D., PhD.

Nutritional Modulation of the Metabalome
(No recording available)

Bruce S. Kristal, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Brigham & Women’s Hosptial

Short-chain Fatty Acids and T-Regulatory Cells
(No recording available)

Chang H. Kim, Ph.D.
Professor of Immunology and Section Head, Microbiology & Immunology Department of Comparative Pathiobiology, Purdue Veterinary Medicine, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering Center for Cancer Research, Purdue University

High Fiber Diets, Microbiota and Allergic Inflammation in the Airways

Gary B. Huffnagle, Ph.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine (Pulmonary) and Microbiology/Immunology, University of Michigan Medical Center

Complex Carbohydrate Degradation by Gut Microbes:
Roles in Health and Disease

Eric Martens, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Michigan Medical School

Session II Roundtable Discussion

Diet, Microbiome and Disease

Jon A. Vanderhoof, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Diet and Intestinal Microbiome Implications of Disease

Lindsey G. Albenberg, D.O.
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics; Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

The Gut Microbial Organ and its Role in Health
and Diet-induced Metabolic Diseases

Eugene B. Chang, M.D.
Martin Boyer Professor of Medicine, Knapp Center for Biomedical Research, The University of Chicago

The Microbiome & Celiac Disease

Gloria Serena
Graduate Research Assistant, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital


Lee M. Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Session III Roundtable Discussion

Closing Remarks

W. Allan Walker, M.D.

This program was supported by unrestricted educational grants from:

The Conrad Taff Teaching Fund
Mead Johnston Pediatric Institute
The Dannon Company
Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
Nestle Infant Nutrition
The Peanut Institute
Abbott Laboratories, Inc.
S. Daniel Abraham Teaching Fund
Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center

Presented by

Harvard Medical School Division of Nutrition
and Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health