ASM Conference on Beneficial Microbes

April 17-21, 2005 | Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Conference Scope

Humans and other animals provide a home to thousands of microbial species, yet very little is understood about their relationship with each other and the host. Most of these microbes are beneficial, providing necessary nutrients for the host or protection against harmful pathogens. The microbial participants, their interactions, and mechanisms that contribute to satisfying host nutritional and protective needs are largely unknown. This ASM conference will delve into the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the fascinating “healthy” relationships existing between microbes and animals. Sessions will highlight new findings on such topics as: microbial diversity in animals, evolutionary aspects of host-microbe interactions, communication between the host and its microbes, functions of the resident microbiota in host development and survival, host immune responses to resident microbes, model systems to study microbial symbiosis with animals, and practical applications of this information in the development of probiotics and microbial therapies. The conference will bring together leaders in microbiology and immunology studying microbial symbiosis in both vertebrates and invertebrates. The conference is expected to give attendees a broad, new perspective on normal microbiota and their role in a healthy host.

Scientific Committee: 

John Breznak, Michigan State University
Rich Darveau, University of Washington
Lora Hooper, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dennis Mangan, NIDCR, NIH
Margaret McFall-Ngai, University of Wisconsin
Ned Ruby, University of Hawaii

Session Topics: 

Diversity in Consortia
Effects on Evolutionary and Population Biology
Nutritional and Signal Exchange
Induction of Development
Host Immune Responses and their Consequences|
Model Systems to Examine Microbial Symbiosis with Animals
Development of Probiotics and Microbial Therapy

Program and Abstract Book