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.

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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!

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