Infection and Immunity Annual Symposium 2019

24 April 2019, 9.30 AM - 24 April 2019, 2.00 PM

Susan Joyce (APC Microbiome Ireland) and Michael Cox (Imperial College London)

G13-14 Life Sciences Building, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ

The Infection and Immunity Research Network are delighted to host their next annual symposium in April 2019.

This event will focus on the microbiome in its broadest sense.

Poster submission:

Attendees are welcome and encouraged to bring a poster (on any subject, not necessarily on the microbiome); no forms need to be completed, but please email by Friday, 12 April 2019 with the following information:

  • name of presenting author
  • school/unit
  • title of poster

Prizes of £50 / £30 / £20 for 1st / 2nd / 3rd best poster will be presented on the day. We are very grateful to Qiagen for sponsoring the best poster prize of £50 (to be paid as an Amazon voucher).


To register your place please go to the Eventbrite page. Registration closes 12 April 2019 at 12 noon.

The Meaningful Microbiome

Through recent advances in our technological capabilities it is becoming increasingly clear that our microbiome can make significant contributions to the health of their host organism. However, issues relating to limitations associated with these technologies, and over-interpretation of correlative studies, have led to some high-profile controversies. In this symposium we will discuss these issues and present some good-practice guidelines for undertaking such a study. We will also reflect on some recent studies that have enhanced our understanding of the role the microbiome makes to the development of disease.

Final Programme

09:30-10:00 Refreshments    
10:00-10:05 Welcome Dr Ruth Massey, Infection and Immunity Co-Lead  
10:05-10:35 Keynote Dr Susan Joyce, University College Cork and APC Microbiome Ireland Functionality in the microbiota - Exploring the dialogue at the host microbe interface
Session 1:   Current work within the microbiome  
10:35-10:50   Dr Laura Peachey, Bristol Veterinary School This gut ain't big enough for both of us. Or is it? Parasite-microbiota interactions in mammalian species
10:50-11:05   Dr Nihal Bandara, Bristol Dental School Microbial signalling and antimicrobial resistance
11:05-11:20   Prof Mick Bailey, Bristol Veterinary School Development of microbiome, metabolism and immunity in the young animal
11:20-11:35   Dr Kaitlin Wade, EBI Early Career Fellow, Bristol Medical School: Population Health Sciences The application of Mendelian randomization to human gut microbiome research
11:35-12:20   Refreshments and Poster Session  
12:20-12:40 Keynote Dr Michael Cox, Imperial College London The Respiratory Microbiome
Session 2:   Aspirational work within the microbiome  
12:40-12:50   Prof Alastair Hay, Bristol Medical School: Population Health Sciences Human health, infections, infection transmission and the microbiome: outline vision for an NHS integrated, prospective cohort study with repeat microbial sampling
12:50-13:00   Dr Alice Halliday,  EBI Early Career Fellow, School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine Group A streptococcal infections of the upper respiratory tract: understanding the interaction with respiratory viruses
13:00-13:10   Dr Kathleen Gillespie, Bristol Medical School: Translational Health Sciences Type 1 diabetes and the gut microbiome
13:10-13:20 General Q&A session, wrap-up and prizes    
12:20-14:00 Lunch and networking    



Qiagen will be on hand throughout the event to offer advice on their products, and have kindly agreed to sponsor the best poster prize of £50 (to be paid as an Amazon voucher). Further details will be available closer to the tim


We are also grateful to the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research who support the Infection and Immunity Network. 

Contact information

For further information or if you have any queries please contact Catherine Brown

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