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Monday, November 4

7:30am – 8:20am Registration and Breakfast
8:20am – 8:30am Opening Remarks (Simmons Auditorium)
Rebecca W. Doerge, Ph.D., Glen de Vries Dean, Mellon College of Science     Carnegie Mellon University
Alison Morris, MD, MS     University of Pittsburgh
8:30am – 9:10am Keynote: Gut Microbiota and Atherosclerosis
Stanley Hazen, MD, PhD    Cleveland Clinic
9:10am – 9:30am Rapid Fire Abstract Presentation
A Cardiovascular Disease-linked Gut-microbial Metabolite Phenylacetylglutamine (Pagln) Acts via Adrenergic Receptors (Adrs)
Prasenjit Saha, PhD    Cleveland ClinicPaired Sinus Microbiome and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Whole Genome Sequencing Reflects a Competition for Space and Resources During Cystic Fibrosis Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Catherine Armbruster, PhD    University of PittsburghGut Microbiota and Liver Disease
Marlies Meisel, PhD    University of PittsburghMicrobial Metabolite Signaling is Required for Systemic Iron Homeostasis
Nupur Das, PhD    University of Michigan
9:30am – 9:50am Break
9:50am -12:10pm Session 1: Microbiome in Heart and Lung Disorders
Alison Morris, MD, MS    University of Pittsburgh
Vaughn Cooper, PhD    University of Pittsburgh
John McGinnis, MD    University of Pennsylvania
9:50 – 10:10 Gut Microbiome and Cholesterol Metabolism
Jonathan Mark Brown, PhD    Cleveland Clinic
10:10 – 10:30 Gut Microbiome and Hypertension
Jennifer Pluznick, PhD    Johns Hopkins University
10:30 – 10:50 Biofilms in Cystic Fibrosis
Jennifer Bomberger, PhD    University of Pittsburgh
10:50 – 11:10 Pneumococcal Signaling
Luisa Hiller, PhD    Carnegie Mellon University
11:10 – 11:30 The Lung Microbiome in Critical Illness
Georgios Kitsios, MD, PhD    University of Pittsburgh
11:30 – 11:50 Antimicrobial Delivery with Perfluorocarbon Emulsions
Keith Cook, PhD    Carnegie Mellon University
11:50 – 12:10 Panel Q&A
12:10pm – 1:10pm Lunch
1:10pm – 1:50pm Keynote: Otitis Media and Microbial Biofilms 
Lauren Bakaletz PhD    Ohio State University
1:50pm – 2:10pm Rapid Fire Presentations
Developing and Applying Microdroplet Co-Cultivation Technology for Elucidating Bacterial Interspecies Interactions in the Human Vaginal Microbiome
Corine Jackman, BS     University of MichiganHuman Corynebacterium Isolates Colonize Ocular Mucosal Tissue and Influence Local Immunity
Benjamin Treat, PhD     University of PittsburghCutibacterium Acnes Antibiotic Production Shapes Niche Competition in the Human Skin Microbiome
Jan Claesen, PhD     Cleveland Clinic
2:10pm – 2:30pm Break and Poster Viewing (PNC Rooms)
2:30pm – 3:20pm Moderated Poster Discussion (PNC Rooms)
3:20pm – 3:40pm Break
3:40pm – 5:40pm Session 2: Microbiome, Nutrition, and Human Performance (Department Of Defense focus session)
Warren Ruder, PhD    University of Pittsburgh
J. Philip Karl, PhD    US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine
3:40 – 4:00 Investigating the Role of the Intestinal Microbiome in Deployment-Associated Diarrhea
Blake Stamps, PhD    Air Force Research Laboratory
4:00 – 4:20 Military Stressors, Diet and the Gut Microbiome
J. Philip Karl, PhD    US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine
4:20 – 4:40 Designing Synthetic Microbial Consortia with Defined Social Interactions
Ting Lu, PhD    University of Illinois
4:40 – 5:00 Performance Enhancing Microbes in Elite Athletes
Theodore A Chavkin, BS, PhD student    Harvard Medical School 
5:00 – 5:20 Probiotics, An Alternative to Mitigate the Effects of Operational Stress?
Kim Beals, PhD, RD, CSSD, LDN    University of Pittsburgh
5:20 – 5:40 Panel Q&A
5:40pm – 6:00pm Break and Transportation to Reception Location
6:00pm – 8:00pm Evening Reception, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Tuesday, November 5

7.30am – 8.20am Registration and Breakfast
8:20am – 9:30am Session 3: Mother and Infant Microbial Cross-Talk
Dennis Simon, MD    University of Pittsburgh
Michael Morowitz, MD    University of Pittsburgh
8:20 – 8:40 Human Milk and Gut Microbiome
Diana Taft, PhD    University of California, Davis
8:40 – 9:00 Maternal IgA, Microbiota and Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Kathyayini Gopalakrishna, MBBS, PhD Student    University of Pittsburgh
9:00 – 9:20 Enteroviral Infections and Gut Mucosal Immunity
Carolyn Coyne, PhD    University of Pittsburgh
9:20 – 9:30 Panel Q&A
9:30am – 9:50am Rapid Fire Presentations
Plant Based Nutrition Decreases Severity and Duration of Antibiotic Induced Gut Dysbiosis in Mice
Rafael Ramos-Jimenez, MD     University of PittsburghAltered Intestinal Microbiome Induced by Inflammatory Bowel Disease is Sufficient to Render Mice Susceptible to Clostridioides DifficileColonization
Lisa Abernathy Close, PhD     University of MichiganMicrobial Dysbiosis Drives Elevated Serum IL-18 and Intestinal Epithelial Major Histocompatibility Class II Expression in Immunodeficient Mice
Lauren Van Der Kraak, PhD     University of Pittsburgh

Evolutionary dynamics of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium during gastrointestinal tract colonization and bloodstream infection in pediatric patients
Daria Van Tyne, PhD     University of Pittsburgh

9:50am – 10:00am Break
10:00am – 11:50am Session 4: Gut Microbiome in Health and Disease
Bryan McVerry, MD    University of Pittsburgh
Stacy Wendell, PhD    University of Pittsburgh
10:00 – 10:20 Vitamin D regulation of the microbiota, Regulatory T cells and gastrointestinal homeostasis
Margherita Cantorna, PhD    Pennsylvania State University
10:20 – 10:40 Relationship between the intestinal microbiome and risk of hospital-acquired infection
David B Haslam, MD    University of Cincinnati
10:40 – 11:00 Dietary Fiber, Gut Microbiota, and Liver Cancer
Matam Vijay-Kumar, PhD   University of Toledo
11:00 – 11:20 Gut Microbiome and Environmental Enteropathy
Timothy Hand, PhD    University of Pittsburgh
11:20 – 11:40 The biofilm inhibiting protein gastrokine-1 protects against inflammatory bowel disease
David Boone, PhD    Indiana University
11:40 – 11:50 Panel Q&A
11:50am – 12:30pm Break – Preparation for Lunch
12:30pm – 1:10pm Lunch and Keynote: Epigenomic regulation of the gut microbiota relationship during health and disease
Theresa Alenghat, VMD, PhD    University of Cincinnati
1:10pm – 3:00pm Session 5: Beyond the Bacteriome: Fungi and Viruses
Barbara Methé, PhD    University of Pittsburgh
Daria Van Tyne, PhD    University of Pittsburgh
1:10 – 1:30 Bacteriome-Mycobiome Interactions: A Model for Promoting Human Health and Combating Disease
Mahmoud Ghannoum, PhD    Case Western Reserve University
1:30 – 1:50 Exploiting Mycobacteriophages for TB Treatment
Graham Hatfull, PhD    University of Pittsburgh
1:50 – 2:10 Host Fatty Acid Metabolism Modifies Toxoplasma Differentiation
Bruno Martorelli Di Genova, PhD    University of Wisconsin
2:10 – 2:30 Gut Mycobiota and Inflammation
IIlyan Iliev, PhD    Weill Cornell Medical College
2:30 – 2:50 Symbiotic interactions among the core microbes of the scalp
Wook Kim, PhD    Dusquene University
2:50 – 3:00 Panel Q&A
3:00pm – 3:20pm Poster Presentation Awards and Closing Remarks
Luisa Hiller, PhD    Carnegie Mellon University
Michael Morowitz, MD    University of Pittsburgh