116th ANRC PROCEEDINGS: Presentation Summaries & Conference Overview

Publish Date: 19 April 2017
Author(s): B. Brett Finlay, Deborah Sloboda, Marloes Dekker Nitert, Tamar Gur, Shelley McGuire, David Sela, Catherine Stanton, Roberto Romero & Mark Underwood


Presentation summaries of the 116th Abbott Nutrition Research Conference.

New research continues to stress the importance of gut bacteria across the lifespan. The first 1,000 days of life—conception to two years—is a critical time in human development, in part because of the lasting effects of these tens of trillions of symbiotic and sometimes pathogenic microorganisms. Recognizing the emerging science and vital implications for maternal and infant health, Abbott Nutrition convened an expert interdisciplinary group of scientists from nutrition, molecular genetics, neonatology, and neurology to present their scientific contributions.

Topics included the maternal microbiome’s possible influences on an infant’s immune response, metabolism, neurodevelopment, birth weight, and gestation time. Researchers also discussed the biochemistry of human milk, benefits of human milk in infant development, and the role of the microbiome in nutritional status.

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Author Bios

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B. Brett Finlay, PhD

University of British Columbia; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
A headshot of Deborah Sloboda

Deborah Sloboda, PhD

McMaster University; Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
A headshot of Marloes Dekker Nitert

Marloes Dekker Nitert, PhD

The University of Queensland; Brisbane, Australia
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Tamar L. Gur, MD, PhD

The Ohio State University, College of Medicine; Columbus, Ohio, USA
A headshot of Michelle McGuire

Michelle (Shelley) K. McGuire, PhD

Washington State University; Pullman, Washington, USA
A headshot of David Sela

David A. Sela, PhD

University of Massachusetts Amherst; Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
A headshot of Catherine Stanton

Catherine Stanton, DSc, PhD, MSc, BSc

APC Microbiome Institute & Teagasc Moorepark Food Research Centre; Cork, Ireland
A headshot of Roberto Romero

Roberto Romero, MD, DMEDSCI

Intramural Division, NICHD, NIH, DHHS; Wayne State University; Detroit, Michigan, USA
A headshot of Mark Underwood

Mark A. Underwood, MD

The University of California Davis School of Medicine; Sacramento, California, USA

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