The symposium, “Gut Health, Microbiota & Probiotics Throughout the Lifespan: Dietary Influences”, will be held on October 10-11, 2018 at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The symposium will provide an overview of the latest scientific evidence related to gut microbiota and probiotics and their importance to health across the lifespan. This specifically includes the pregnancy period, infancy and childhood, adulthood, and older adults. The goals of the symposium include the following:

  1. To explore how diet and the gut microbiota interact to affect host defense and metabolism;
  2. To discuss diet as an environmental factor and explore if it has a strong influence on the intestinal microbiome; and
  3. To determine how fermented foods, yogurt, etc., are important in human health.

 Who Should Attend?

The symposium topics are intended to meet the needs of researchers and healthcare professionals who want to be updated on the advances in gut microbiome, including the effects of diet on the gut microbiota. Interested attendees include basic and translational research scientists, physicians (general medicine, internal medicine, family medicine, endocrinology, pediatrics, psychiatry), dietitians, nutritionists, psychologists, students, policy makers, and key opinion leaders with an interest in the gut microbiome and probiotics.

There is no fee to attend the symposium.

Organizing Committee

Allan Walker, MD – Chair
Harvard Medical School

Peter Holt, MD – Co-chair
Rockefeller University

Mary Ellen Sanders, PhD
International Scientific Association for Probiotics & Prebiotics

Simin Meydani, DVM, PhD
Tufts University

Contact Us

For questions, please email questions@HarvardProbioticsSymposium.org or call (703) 841-1600.