The relationship between the microbiota, immune system and behaviour

Paul Forsythe Microbiota 2018 SpeakersPaul Forsythe from McMaster University, Canada will join the Porto Microbiota 2018 Congress which will be held in October 28-30, 2018, at Porto, Portugal and will talk about "Psycho neuro immunology and gut microbes" during the congress.

Paul Forsythe highlighted: "There is increasing evidence that gut microbes can influence brain chemistry and function, and disruption of the microbiota may contribute to neuro-developmental and mood disorders. However, the mechanisms underlying communication between gut microbes and the brain are complex and still poorly understood. This presentation will focus on the relationship between the microbiota, immune system and behaviour, describing recent experiments that highlight gut microbes as key agents in psychoneuroimmunology."

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What are the effects of gut bacterial metabolites on cardiovascular risk?

Marcin Ufnal Microbiota 2018 SpeakerDr Marcin Ufnal from Medical University of Warsaw, Poland will join the Porto Microbiota 2018 Congress which will be held in October 28-30, 2018, at Porto, Portugal and will talk about "The effect of gut bacterial metabolites on cardiovascular risk" during the congress.

Dr Ufnal will highlight: "Gut bacteria-produced compounds enter the bloodstream and affect the circulatory system. For example, trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), a gut bacteria metabolite of L-carnitine and choline, has recently emerged as a new diagnostic marker and mediator of increased cardiovascular risk. However, the mechanism is not clear.Recently we have found that high sodium intake and treatment with ACE-inhibitors affect blood concentration of TMAO in rats. This suggests that plasma level of gut bacterial metabolites may correlate with interventions modifying cardiovascular risk."

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Microbiota & Medicine of Tomorrow: Big data, Artificial Intelligence and Revolution

Microbiota 2018 image2Prof. Marvin Edeas, Institut Cochin, Université Paris Descartes, France, as founder of the International Society of Microbiota (ISM) and member of the scientific steering board, delivered his vision about the next ISM meeting:

"...We wish to connect and bridge all pathologies (cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, metabolic diseases, cancer and ageing) to microbiota (diversity) to find new strategies. 

We want to initiate a new way of thinking, and how to integrate Microbiota Medicine, Big data generated by gut microbiota sequencing and Artificial Intelligence.

This ambitious project needs a multi Task Force. We need to open new "doors" to medicine of tomorrow and anticipate in this field.

I wish also to highlight the strategies to modulate the quality of microbiota by phages and the strategic intertalk with mitochondria.

The field of phagotherapy and microbiota will be largely discussed during Porto Microbiota 2018.

The other hot topic will be the exact role of short chain fatty acids and H2S. These key factors will modulate mitochondria activity ..."


The 6th World Congress on Targeting Microbiota will be organized in Porto, Portugal in October 28-30, 2018.
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The sunny city of Porto will host the 6th World Congress on Targeting Microbiota in October 28-30, 2018.

Porto PortugalThe scientific and organizing committee of the International Society of Microbiota informed you that the 6th World Congress on Targeting Microbiota, was relocated at the Hotel Crowne Plaza, Porto, Portugal and will be held on October 28-30, 2018.

You can acces the preliminary agenda by clicking here.

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Food & Microbiota 2018: What are the three strategic questions?

The first ISM Symposium on Food & Microbiota 2018: Towards a New era in Agro-Food in Industry will be held in June 14, 2018, in Paris, France.

What is the aim of Microbiota & Food 2018?

Microbiota & Food 2018 will target the recent advances in microbiota and interaction with food.
We will highlight the effects of microbiota metabolites after food ingestion and the perspectives of their applications in humans.

How to integrate all regulatory aspects in food strategies?

We will highlight the strategic topic of the regulatory aspects in the industry and how these regulatory guidelines have impact on academic and clinical science.
We will present the different regulatory categories of products (food for special medical purpose, food supplements, infant formula...).

What kind of applications and ideas will be discussed?

In the latest part, we will highlight the practical aspects and potential applications in agro-food industry, infant formula, dairy products and all food formulations aimed to prevent and treat diseases.

We will present the innovations related to microbiota applications in the different agro-food industries (probiotics, robiotics, fermented food, functional ingredients...).

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Food & Microbiota 2018: The first symposium will be organized in June 14

Food Microbiota cover A4The International Society of Microbiota (ISM) organizes the first ISM Symposium on Microbiota & Food, which will be held in Paris in June 14, 2018. 

Nowadays, the studies about microbiota are revolutionizing the clinical and health research.


Report of the 5th ISM Berlin Microbiota Congress 2017

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For this 5th edition of ISM World Congress on Microbiota, which was held on October 26-27, 2017, the organizing committee had decided to move to a new city: Berlin. According to the President of ISM "Berlin has been a fantastic location and a fascinating city full of history and discoveries….just like the Microbiota!". Indeed, the 5th edition gathered more than 280 attendees coming from universities, clinics, start-up and international industries dealing with all fields related to microbiota. 


ISM communication award 2017 for a presentation about Exploring the gut microbiome role in Parkinson’s disease and in primary parkinsonisms

dr consolandiThe scientific committee of the 5th World Congress on Targeting Microbiota discerned the ISM oral communication award to Dr. Clarissa Consolandi, from the National Research Council, Italy for her presentation about "Exploring the gut microbiome role in Parkinson’s disease and in primary parkinsonisms".

Testimonial from Dr. Consolandi: "It is a great honor for me to be awarded by the ISM. My work was about the study of the gut microbiome (GM) role in Parkinson’s disease and in primary parkinsonisms. Our results showed a considerable altered GM profile in patients compared to their co-living healthy controls with an evolution of the microbial profile visible during the progression of the disease. So, specific microbial groups could be used in the future as fingerprints of the disease progression. In addition, the preliminary data collected from the twins dataset could also provide key information on the risk factors for the development of the disease, since they share most of the key factors that determine the composition of GM in the early stages of life and this model is devoid of bias due to genetic variability.
Targeting Microbiota Congress represents a great opportunity to exchange ideas with the leading scientists and share the latest developments in the field, providing chance for brainstorming also during breaks and poster sessions."

To access the global report of Targeting Microbiota 2017, please follow this link.

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The final agenda of the 5th World Congress on Targeting Microbiota is now online

The abstracts book of the 5th World Congress on Targeting Microbiota, which will be held in Berlin, Germany on October 26-27, 2017 is now available.

During both days, more than 50 oral communications and 50 posters will be presented. Around 300 attendees coming from clinics, universities, and industries will gather and network around the poster presentations.

To access the list of attendees, please follow this link.

To access the list of communications, please follow this link.

We remind you that you can still join the attendees and participate to the congress by registering here.

If you cannot take part to the congress, you can order the abstracts book here.

We look forward to meeting you in Berlin next week.

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The ISM poster presentation was discerned to Dr. de Grandi, University of Milan, Italy

Dr. Roberta de GrandiDuring two days, more than 70 posters were presented during Targeting Microbiota Congress. At the end of the second day, the scientific committee selected Dr. de Grandi's poster and awarded her.

Dr. de Grandi is coming from the Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health at University of Milan, Italy and the subject of her poster was about "Microbiota and salivary calculi: a new challenge for microbiologists".

Testimonial from Dr de Grandi: 

"Targeting Microbiota Congress is a unique opportunity for biomedical researchers (biologists, physicians and bioinformaticians) to meet and share ideas with the leading scientists in the Microbiome research field. Furthermore, participation in the meeting gives an opportunity to improve knowledge about mechanisms by which the microbiota interacts with the host; the meeting is also, an opportunity for each participant to prove himself with both a high-level context and great experts of microbiota field.
It was a great pleasure for me to attend this conference in Berlin: I particularly appreciated the careful selection of lectures to highlight the state-of-the-art in the field and I was enthusiastic about the great number and extremely interesting works that were presented. The conference provided many opportunities for networking, discussions and brainstorming opening up the mind not only to the improvement of current studies, but also to new research ideas. Of particular interest for my activities were the talks about the standardization methods necessary for 16S rDNA library preparation and bioinformatic data analysis, since metagenomics may have several potential applications in clinical microbiology, translating the Microbiome research in an effective tool for a human personalized medicine."

To access the global report of Targeting Microbiota 2017, please click here.

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What are the recent advances in fecal microbiota therapy?

Pr. Peter KonturekProf. Peter C. Konturek from Thuringia Clinic Saalfeld, Teaching Hospital of the University of Jena, Germany will present the recent advances on fecal microbiota therapy during Targeting Microbiota World Congress 2017.


What are the metabolic, epigenetic, and transgenerational effects of gut bacterial choline consumption?

Federico ReyDr. Federico Rey, from University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA will present his study related to "Metabolic, epigenetic, and transgenerational effects of gut bacterial choline consumption" during the 5th Targeting Microbiota World Congress 2017.

Choline is an essential nutrient and methyl donor required for epigenetic regulation. In the study published in July 2017 (available here) assessed the impact of gut microbial choline metabolism on bacterial fitness and host biology by engineering a microbial community that lacks a single choline-utilizing enzyme. Dr Rey's team results indicate that choline-utilizing bacteria compete with the host for this nutrient, significantly impacting plasma and hepatic levels of methyl-donor metabolites and recapitulating biochemical signatures of choline deficiency. Mice harboring high levels of choline-consuming bacteria showed increased susceptibility to metabolic disease in the context of a high-fat diet. Furthermore, bacterially induced reduction of methyl-donor availability influenced global DNA methylation patterns in both adult mice and their offspring and engendered behavioral alterations. These results reveal an underappreciated effect of bacterial choline metabolism on host metabolism, epigenetics, and behavior. This work suggests that interpersonal differences in microbial metabolism should be considered when determining optimal nutrient intake requirements.

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The role of microbiota in Graft-versus-Host Disease (GvHD) and complications of allogeneic stem cell transplantation

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The gut microbiota seem to play a central role in the outcome of patients undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation. During the course of allogeneic stem cell transplantation a loss of intestinal microbiota diversity and a shift toward an enteropathogeneic flora were observed, which were aggravated in individuals with systemic broad-spectrum antibiotic treatment and patients suffering from acute gastrointestinal GvHD. Particularly commensal bacteria seem to be crucial for the maintenanace of immunological homeostasis and intestinal epithelial integrity and therefore contribute to the success of allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

During Targeting Microbiota World Congress 2017, Dr Daniela Weber from Regensburg Universitätsklinikum, Germany will highlight the role of microbiota in Graft-versus-Host Disease (GvHD) and complications of allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

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RNA-based stable isotope probing to link structure and function of prebiotics-assimilating intestinal microbiotas

Markus EgertDr. Markus Egert from Furtwangen University, Germany will give a talk during the 5th Targeting Microbiota World Congress 2017 on "RNA-based stable isotope probing to link structure and function of prebiotics-assimilating intestinal microbiotas"

Despite their great economic and therapeutic importance, still little is known about which microorganisms actually degrade and assimilate prebiotic carbohydrates within a complex intestinal microbiota. However, such knowledge is essential to better understand the mode of action of prebiotics in general. Stemming from environmental microbiology, RNA-based stable isotope probing (RNA-SIP) represents a powerful technique to link the identity of distinct microorganisms to the assimilation of a certain, stable istope-labelled substrate. The presentation will particularity focus on the digestive fate of resistant starch when being consumed by microbiotas of mice and human origin.

Dr Markus Egert received an award during the 2nd Symposium on Skin Microbiota for his scientific contribution. More information about the award here. 

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What are the recent advances related to the human infant gut microbiota mobilome?

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Dr. Knut Rudi from Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway  will present his study related to "The human infant gut microbiota mobilome " during the 5th Targeting Microbiota World Congress 2017.

According to him: "The microbial ecosystem residing in the human gastrointestinal tract plays an intimate role in the development and well-being of their human host. The gut commensal microbes reside in synergy with the host, undertaking wide range of functions that benefits themselves and their host. These host-associated microbial communities that share different functional genes between distinct bacterial species are increasingly associated with horizontal gene transfer (HGT). Mobile genetic elements (MGEs) such as plasmids, transposons and integrons are main contributors to HGT. The human gut microbiota are reservoirs to multiple AR genes that in turn are associated with wide range of MGEs. These elements additionally harbor novel genes that attributes towards the host microbe properties. However, the distribution and association of MGEs in the developing gut microbiota remains largely unexplored. Current status and future developments in our knowledge about the infant gut microbiota mobilome will be discussed".

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The list of oral communications presented during Targeting Microbiota congress is now available

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The scientific committee of the 5th World Congress on Targeting Microbiota 2017 published the list of short presentations accepted for a presentation during the international congress.

The speakers who have a short presentation will have 7 minutes for presentation + 3 minutes for questions.

You can access the list of oral communications accepted by clicking here. If your abstract submitted for an oral presentation is not on this list, please don't hesitate to contact.

You have still until September 28 to submit your abstract for a poster presentation. The agenda of posters presentations will be published in October.

The final agenda of Targeting Microbiota 2017 is available

Microbiota ABSTRACTS BOOK FINAL websiteThe final scientific agenda of Targeting Microbiota 2017 is now available. To access,  please click here.


Major speakers will have 20 minutes for presentation + 5 minutes for questions.

Short Oral Presentations will be 7 minutes for presentations + 3 minutes for questions.

To access the list of poster presentations, please contact us.

Unraveling the gut microbiome of the long-lived naked mole-rat

Leipziger Uni Professor Birkenmeier sondiert die Biochemie des Nacktmulls pdaBigTeaser2A recently published article in Nat. Sci. Rep. by Debebe et al. presents the analysis of the gut microbiome and metabolome of the long-lived naked mole-rat. The data were collected and compiled in a very cooperative manner by scientists from Bologna, Berlin, Addis Ababa and Leipzig.

The naked mole-rat (Heterocephalus glaber) is a mouse-sized African mammal that shows few age-related degenerative changes and seems to be resistant to cancer. We characterize for the first time the intestinal microbial ecosystem of the naked mole-rat in comparison to humans and other mammals and highlighting peculiarities related to the specific living environment. Some compositional gut microbiota characteristics were also shared with human gut microbial ecosystems of centenarians and Hadza hunter-gatherers considered as models of a healthy gut microbiome. We found an enrichment of short-chain fatty acids and carbohydrate degradation products in naked mole-rat compared to human samples.

In this study, Dr Debebe and his team suggests that the particular commensal bacteria in connection with the plant-originated diet seem to contribute to the peculiarities responsible for their long healthy life.

One of the co-author of this study, Prof. Gerd Birkenmeier from Medicine University of Leipzig will present the results of this study during the 5th World Congress on Targeting Microbiota. For more information:

Source: Unraveling the gut microbiome of the long-lived naked mole-rat. Debebe & al. Nat. Sci. Rep. 


Targeting Microbiota 2017: Come & Network with....

Microbiota 2016bThe International Society of Microbiota is honored to welcoming attendees coming from all around the world, from academics and industries. Among them, you can meet: 

4D Pharma, APR, Beiersdorf, Biocodex, Bio-K Plus Pharma, Biose industrie, Biofortis, Clariant Production France, Diversigen, DNA Genotek, DSM Nutritional Products, EF Biomnis, Eurofins Cerep, Ezaki Glico, Genoscreen, Health Optimization Medicine and Practice, Igenomix, Laboratoires M&L, MaaT Pharma, Mayapada Hospital/PT Fresenius Kabi, Mayoly Spindler, MSD, Nestle Research Center, Novozymes,


Indoles from commensal bacteria extend healthspan: a recent study presented by Prof. Jones

Jones rheinallt2 targeting microbiotaA recently published article in PNAS by Sonowal et al. demonstrated that indole generated by intestinal E. coli boosts mobility and resilience in C. elegans, Drosophila, and mice.

These influences were particularly evident during the later stages of organismal lifespans. The results propose that indoles are ancient messenger molecules whereby the microbiota elicits its positive influence on health.

The article’s corresponding author is Dr Dan Kalman of Emory University, and during the ISM meeting, Dr Rheinallt Jones who is a co-author on the manuscript will discuss these findings.  

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