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Chicago Marriott Southwest Hotel at in Burr Ridge

1200 Burr Ridge Parkway

Burr Ridge, IL 60527

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Synopsis: The influence of gut microbiota on human health is now well documented. Each person carries a microbial community of several trillion cells that outnumber their own cells by 10-fold. In this symposium, we will hear from leading academic and industry practitioners about the relationship between the microbiota of our foods and that of our gut. This symposium will explore the connections between the foods we eat with their indigenous food microbiomes and the unique human microbial ecosystem that establishes itself in each person. This conference will address how understanding the underlying factors that drive dysbiosis in the human gut translate to various health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and general inflammatory conditions. We also will explore how modification of microbiomes along the food chain affect health outcomes. In order to demystify the connections among these complex systems experts from FDA, USDA, industry and academia will present overviews on the current understanding on these issues.

What to expect: In this symposium, academic and industry practitioners will talk about the current understanding of food and gut microbiomes and their inter-connectedness. A panel of industry experts will be present to answer the questions from the participants.

Who should attend: This symposium is intended for food safety and nutrition professionals from industry, academia and government. Attendees who work in food processing, quality assurance, regulatory functions, public health administration, or production of food products seeking to optimize the microbiome for health and wellness will this symposium valuable.

Location: The symposium will be hosted at the Chicago Marriott Southwest Hotel in Burr Ridge, Illinois.

Hotel: Book your group rate for Institute for Food Safety and Health here.

Contact: Cindy Koschetz at or (708) 563-8152

7:30 am Networking Breakfast

8:15 am Welcome and Introduction - Bob Brackett and Chuck Czuprynski

Session moderator: Jan Peter van Pijkeren, UW-Madison

8:30 am Overview of the microbiome in health and disease – Cindy Davis, NIH

9:00 am Influence of the microbiome on food allergies Ann Marie Singh,- UW-Madison

9:30 am Effect of the microbiome on cardiovascular health – Federico Rey, UW-Madison

10:00 am Networking Break

Session moderator: Britt Burton Freeman, IIT

10:30 am Microbiome impact on diabetes and obesity – Andre Marette, Laval Univ.

11:00 am Influence of probiotics and prebiotics on the microbiome - Maria Marco, UC Davis

11:30 am The microbiome: a key player in foodborne infections - Colin Hill, Cork Univ.

12:00 pm Morning Summary and Best Practices - David Klurfeld, USDA

12:30 pm Networking Lunch

Session moderator: Kristen Schill, FDA

1:15 pm Microbiome of food animal species and the effects of antibiotics - Paul Morley, Colorado State

1:45 pm Microbiome of fresh produce - Andrea Ottesen, FDA/CFSAN

2:15 pm Microbiome of cheese - Joelle Salazar, FDA

2:45 pm Networking Break

Session moderator: Adam Borger, UW-Madison

3:15 pm Microbiome in a food processing facility - Andy Benson, Metagenome Analytics

3:45 pm Panel Discussion – representatives from industry, government and academia:

Panel leaders: Adam Borger and David Klurfeld

- Andy Benson, Metagenome Analytics
- Bob Baker, Mars
- John O'Brien, Nestle
- Miguel Freitas, Danone
- Eric Brown, FDA
- Greg Siragusa, Eurofins
- Marge Leahy, ILSI

4:45 pm Summary and Conclusions

5:00 pm Adjourn

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1200 Burr Ridge Parkway

Burr Ridge, IL 60527

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