MIT-OpenBiome Translational Microbiome Workshop
November 6, 2015 ~ Sponsored by the MIT Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics
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Part I: Welcome and Keynote
1:30 PM: Meet & Greet (snacks provided)
2:00 PM: Welcome!
Eric Alm, PhD, MIT, and Mark Smith, PhD, OpenBiome
2:10 PM: Keynote Presentation
Alan Moss, MD, Beth Israel Medical Center - Clinical trial designs for microbial therapies
Part II: Interactive small group discussions
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Interactive talks will be given by a variety of speakers working on different aspects of translational microbiome research. Each talk will consist of a ten-minute presentation and a ten-minute discussion. During each time slot, four talks will be given in parallel. Each speaker will speak twice. The talks are organized into themes vital to translation of research into effective therapies. You may choose to attend any talk during each session -- the schedule has been designed to maximize choice.
3:00 - 3:20 PM
Theme 1 (Translational Research at OpenBiome): Elaine Vo, PhD, OpenBiome - The OpenBiome Research Toolkit
Theme 2 (Law & the Microbiome): Carolyn Edelstein, MPA, OpenBiome – Regulating the Microbiome: A public health perspective
Theme 3 (Tools for Interrogating the Microbiome): Nathaniel Chu, MIT - Tools to evaluate best practices in fecal transplantation
Theme 4 (Microbiome Discoveries): Tommi Vatanen, Broad - Testing the hygiene hypothesis: microbiome development of infants with different lifestyles
3:20 - 3:40 PM
Theme 1: Zain Kassam, MD, OpenBiome - The Power of Poop & Public Health: Building the bridge between clinicians & scientists
Theme 2: Rachel Sachs, JD, MPH, Harvard Law School - Patent Law and Microbiome-Based Technologies
Theme 3: Nathaniel Chu, MIT
Theme 4: Tommi Vatanen, Broad
3:40 - 4:00 PM
Theme 1: Elaine Vo, OpenBiome
Theme 2: Rachel Sachs, Harvard Law School
Theme 3: Thomas Gurry, PhD, MIT - A personalized medicine platform for predicting IBD disease recurrence
Theme 4: Sean Kearney, MIT - Intestinal spore-forming commensals competitively outgrow C. difficile in vitro
4:00 - 4:20 PM
Theme 1: Zain Kassam, OpenBiome
Theme 2: Carolyn Edelstein, OpenBiome
Theme 3: Thomas Gurry, MIT
Theme 4: Sean Kearney, MIT
Part III: Collaborative problem solving
4:30 – 6:00 PM
Break into inter-disciplinary teams to discuss specific problems facing translation of research into therapeutics and diagnostics. Each team should include at least one representative from MIT, OpenBiome and the clinical research community. Teams will chose topics connected loosely to presentation topics, with discussions targeted towards generating actionable solutions. Speakers will circulate to answer questions and facilitate discussions. Teams will be encouraged to present their solutions to the larger group at the end of the workshop. Pizza and beer will be provided during this session to fuel the discussion.
Part IV: Continuing collaborations
6:00 PM into the future
Following the conclusion of the workshop, all attendees are invited to Meadhall at 4 Cambridge Center to continue the dialogue informally. All participants are encouraged to follow-up on new ideas and relationships developed at the workshop to move from discussion into action!