2nd ASM Conference on Beneficial Microbes: Beneficial Host-Microbial Interactions

October 12 - 16, 2008 | San Diego, California

Conference Scope

The field of microbial symbiosis has recently taken center stage in biological sciences.  A sophisticated grasp 
of the nature of normal animal-bacterial associations is key in understanding what goes wrong when pathogenic 
"interlopers" disrupt the dynamics of complex communitites of beneficial bacteria.  The goal of this conference is to bring together an array of researchers working in a variety of arenas, from ecology to molecular biology, to develop this frontier field.

Session Topics:

Analysis of Diverse Microbial Consortia
Ecology, Evolution and Population Genetics of Beneficial Host-Microbe Interactions
Physiology and Biochemistry of Beneficial Partnerships
The Role of the Microbiota in Normal Immune Function
MAMPs, PAMPs and PRRs in Beneficial and Pathogenic Interactions
Emerging Systems and Concepts

Principal Organizer:

Margaret McFall-Ngai, PhD; The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Scientific Program Committee:

Rich Darveau, PhD; University of Washington
Heidi Goodrich-Blair, PhD; University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jo Handelsman, PhD; Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Lora Hooper, PhD; Southwestern Medical Center
Dennis Mangan, PhD; USC School of Dentistry
David Relman, MD; Stanford School of Medicine
Edward Ruby, PhD; The University of Wisconsin-Madison

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