Gairdner Microbiome Symposium

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University of Guelph and online

Gairdner Microbiome Symposium 2024


The University of Guelph’s College of Biological Science will be hosting the Gairdner Microbiome Symposium on June 20, 2024, in partnership with the Gairdner Foundation. Registration is now open

The Gairdner Microbiome Symposium will explore the role of the microbiome in medicine and nutrition, as well as the impacts of culture and industrialization on our gut microbiomes.   

The day-long event will feature three speakers including:

  • Precision Microbiome Medicine, presented by Dr. Jack Gilbert, Professor of the Department of Pediatrics and Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, President of Applied Microbiology International and winner of the 2023 IFF Microbiome Science Prize
  • Are Microbes the Missing Ingredient in Celiac Disease?, presented by Dr. Elena Verdu, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, associate director of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute and director of the Axenic Gnotobiotic Unit at McMaster University
  • Missing Microbiomes and Where to Find Them: Bridging Science and Advocacy with the Yanomami People, presented by David Good, PhD candidate in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Guelph, Explorer’s Club 50 awardee 2023, and founder of the Yanomami Foundation

There will be a Q&A session with the speakers, a research poster competition for trainees, and lab tours of the University of Guelph’s Summerlee Science Complex.

The event is free and open to researchers, students, professionals and the general public. Lunch will be included.

A virtual option is available, if you cannot attend the Gairdner Symposium in person but would still like to attend! Register for a ticket on the Eventbrite page for the virtual conference. The virtual option will be offered through Zoom. We will broadcast the speaker talks as well as the Q&A session afterwards.

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