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2012 Abelson Symposium: Microbiomes and 21st Century Medicine

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We all contain 1014 microscopic hitchhikers in our guts that vastly outnumber our own somatic cells by an order of magnitude. These microbial symbionts are essential for our health and well being. The human gut microbiota is dynamic, changing in response to diet, disease, aging, and antibiotic use.

These themes will be explored during the 2012 Abelson Symposium "Microbiomes and 21st Century Medicine", organized by AAAS/Science and Science Translational Medicine. This cutting edge symposium will bring together leading scientists to discuss what we know and don't know about the ecology, metabolism and immunology of the gut microbiome and the roadblocks to translating this knowledge into strategies to combat disease and improve human health worldwide.

Washington DC, Wednesday 27 June


Jeffrey I. Gordon
Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor and Director, Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA


  • David A. Relman
    Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor, Departments of Medicine, and of Microbiology & Immunology, Stanford University, CA, USA

  • Katherine P. Lemon
    Department of Molecular Genetics, The Forsyth Institute and Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital Boston, MA, USA

  • Jeremy K. Nicholson
    Chair in Biological Chemistry, Head of Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College, London, UK

  • Sven Pettersson
    Professor, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

  • Andrew Macpherson
    Professor of Medicine and Director of Gastroenterology, University Hospital Bern, Bern, Switzerland

  • Lora V. Hooper
    Associate Professor of Immunology, Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA

  • Richard S. Blumberg
    Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Co-Director, Harvard Digestive Diseases Center, Boston, MA, USA