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Malnutrition, Gut-Microbial Interactions and Mucosal Immunity to Vaccines (T1)

Organizer(s) Cecil Czerkinsky, William Petri Jr., Yasmine Belkaid, Gagandeep Kang and Maharaj Kishan Bhan
November 7—11, 2011
Le Meridien New Delhi • New Delhi, India
Abstract Deadline: Jul 11, 2011
Late Abstract Deadline: Aug 10, 2011
Scholarship Deadline: Jul 11, 2011
Early Registration Deadline: Sep 23, 2011

Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Summary of Meeting:
Malnutrition is among the most devastating health conditions worldwide, affecting one of three children in developing countries and contributing more than ten million deaths annually. The relationship between nutrition and immunity has been a topic of study for more than five decades. Seminal developments in our understanding of the organization and regulation of the immune system have indicated a close relationship between host nutritional status and systemic immunity. However, surprisingly little is known regarding the impact of nutrition on the mucosal immune system of the digestive tract, a system that functions almost independently from the systemic immune apparatus. Recent research also suggests that the composition and metabolic activity of the gut microbiota modulates intestinal barrier function and immune responsiveness (and vice-versa), and can be affected by specific nutrients or lack of these. This meeting will focus on understanding the role of nutrition in modulating gut immunity to vaccines in order to formulate strategies for improving the performance of enteric vaccines in malnourished children. The objective of this symposium is to formulate innovative hypotheses regarding specific mechanisms by which nutrients and defined microbiota affect gut immunity. A better understanding of the links between nutrients, the gut microbiome and the intestinal immune system is likely to pave the way to the development of innovative approaches that target activation of specific immunological pathways for promoting host’s gut defense. Such knowledge should impact on the development of vaccine formulations and intervention strategies for improved control of enteric infections in developing countries. The Keystone Symposia meeting on Malnutrition, Gut-Microbial Interactions and Mucosal Immunity to Vaccines will benefit from a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), whereby the 2011 business meeting of the BMGF Grand Challenges in Global Health awardees will be held in conjunction with the Keystone Symposia meeting.

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Keystone Symposia Global Health Travel Award Recipients, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Recipients

Shinji Fukuda
Keio University, Japan

Swantje Hammerschmidt
Medical School Hannover, Germany

Ajay Kumar
Colorado State University, USA

Sean Spencer
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Tanya Yatsunenko
Kaleido Biosciences, USA

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Ancillary Training Program Scholarship Recipients

Mohammed Aiyegbo
New York University, USA

Marvin A. Lai
University of Washington, USA

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Scholarship Recipients

Alpha Fardah Athiyyah
Airlangga University, Indonesia

Roopali Gandhi
Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA

Kelsey D. J. Jones
KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya

Farzana Begum Liakath
Christian Medical College, India

Landia Setiawati
Airlangga University, Indonesia

Arashdeep Singh
University of Calgary, Canada

Keystone Symposia Global Health Travel Award Recipients, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ezekiel Olugbenga Akinkunmi
Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Fausto Almeida
University of São Paulo, Brazil

Taufiqur Rahman Bhuiyan
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh

Giuliano Bonfá
University of São Paulo, Brazil

Soumita Das
University of California, San Diego, USA

Romina Jimena Fernández Brando
Academia Nacional de Medicina, Argentina

Andrés Esteban Ibañez
Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Cristina Adriana Ibarra
School of Medicina, Argentina

Bamidele Abiodun Iwalokun
Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Nigeria

Chhatra Bahadur Kunwar
Anandaban Hospital, Nepal

Sohini Mukherjee
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA

Varuni Subashini Munasinghe
University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Jainaba Judy Njie-Jobe
Medical Research Council, Gambia

Iheanyi Omezuruike Okonko
University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Philip Owiti
Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH), Kenya

Pinaki Panigrahi
University of Nebraska Medical Center - College of Public Health, USA

Farah Naz Qamar
Aga Khan University, Pakistan

Farheen Quadri
Aga Khan University, Pakistan

Bilal Ahmad Rahimi
Kandahar University, Afghanistan

Sasirekha Ramani
Baylor College of Medicine, USA

Choudhury Habibur Rasul
Khulna City Medical College & Hospital, Bangladesh

Nguyen VanTrang
National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Vietnam

Manuela Renee Verastegui
University Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru

Diana E. Waturangi
Atma Jaya Catholic University, Indonesia

Yanti Yanti
Atma Jaya Catholic University, Indonesia