Understanding Microbiome Standards and Research

Nutrition and the Microbiome

Update on C. difficile

Other applications of FMT

Manufactured microbial based therapies

Regulating the human gut microbiome


SESSION 1: Beginner’s Guide to the Human Gut Microbiome

Moderator: Sabine Hazan, MD 

Microbiome 101 

Speaker: Neil Stollman, MD (UCSF / East Bay Center for Digestive Health)

Objective: Become familiar with the human gut microbiome and its role in health

Making sense of metagenomics

Speaker: Andreas Papoutsis, PhD (Progenabiome)

Objective: Understand methods used to study the composition and function of the gut microbiome

Disease associations (cause or consequence)?

Speaker: Sabine Hazan, MD (Progenabiome)

SESSION 2: Principals guiding research, regulation and product development

Moderator: Howard Young, PhD

Connecting the dots: how scientists elucidate mechanisms of microbial influence

Speaker: Howard Young, PhD (NIH)

Objective: Understand principals guiding investigations around human immune and gut microbial interactions 

Taming the Wild West: Developing Standards for Microbiome Research and Product Development

Speaker: Scott Jackson, PhD (NIST)

Objective: Describe the importance of standards for microbiome measurements to support research investigations and clinical/commercial translation of microbiome science.

Microbiome Based Therapeutics: Opportunities and Challenges

Speaker: Zain Kassam, MD (Finch)

Objective: Gain insight into how industry is working to develop treatment options and the complexities of trial design in this space. 

WORKING PRESENTATION: Microbiome Therapeutics: Thinking outside the box

Speaker: Thomas Borody, MD (CDD Australia)

SESSION 3: Clostridiodes difficile

Moderator: Neil Stollman, MD 

Evidence of efficacy and safety of FMT for C.difficile infection 

Speaker: Colleen Kelly, MD (Brown)

Objective: Review evidence from randomized controlled trials of FMT in C.difficile

Pharmacology of FMT

Speaker: Alexander Khoruts, MD (University of Minnesota) 

Objective: Describe mechanisms driving the therapeutic effects of FMT

Challenges Around Clinical Trials in C. difficile 

Speaker: Paul Feuerstadt, MD (Yale)

Objective: Describe unique challenges to conducting clinical trials of microbiome-based therapies in C.difficile 

SESSION 4: Expanding Applications of FMT

Moderator: Colleen Kelly, MD

Next Up: Manipulating the Microbiome to treat IBD 

Speaker: Jessica Allegretti, MD (Brigham and Womens, Harvard)

Objective: Review dysbiosis in inflammatory bowel disease and evidence from randomized controlled trials of FMT in the IBD population 

Microbiota and the Metabolic Syndrome: New Horizons and New Opportunities 

Speaker: Mazen Noureddin, MD (Cedars Sinai)

Objective: Describe the evidence for how gut microbes influence metabolism and drive features of the metabolic syndrome, including nonalcoholic steatohepatitis 

Implications of the Gut Microbiome in Cancer and Therapeutic Potential

Speaker: Yinghong Wang (MD Anderson Cancer Center)

Objective: Describe how gut microorganisms impact the metabolism of cancer therapies and how microbial manipulation may transform patient care

Bacteriotherapy to Fight Infection:  FMT in Chronic Urinary Tract Infections and MDROs

Speaker: Sahil Khanna, MD (Mayo Clinic)

Microbiota Transplant for Autism

Speaker: James B. Adams, PhD (Arizona State University)

Objective: Review Phase 1 clinical trial of microbiota transplant for children with Autism

Panel Discussions,  Announcements, and more! 

★ Hootenanny at Malibu Ranch (special band TBD)

The Malibu Ranch Hootenanny on Saturday night will be the bash you don’t want to miss! We will be transported to the good ol’ days before we were even thinkin’ about microbiomes. We will enjoy dinner, libations, music, games, good times and a special live band who is sure to get everyone dancin’! 


★ Catering by Malibu Farm

Sunday brunch will be catered by everyone’s favorite local eatery, Malibu Farm. They pride themselves on their local, organic, and fresh ingredients, that are super simply prepared with “no secret ingredients” and “no fake food”. This outstanding brunch will definitely please our taste buds and our microbiomes too! 


Villa Graziadio at Pepperdine University

Room block at Villa Graziadio at Pepperdine University. 



Sheraton Agoura Hills

30100 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301   •   (818) 707-1220

Discounted Group Rate of 189 USD/night can be booked via the link below.

Malibu Beach Inn

22878 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265   •   (800) 462-5428

The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu

23033 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265  •  (310) 526-6158

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Santa Monica

1707 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401   •   310-395-3332

Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Monica

501 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401   •   (310) 260-1100

Viceroy Santa Monica

1819 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401  •  (310) 260-7500