This session, chaired by Professor Owen Sansom from CRUK Beatson Institute (UK), will focus on the role that the microbiome plays in health and disease. Professor Wendy Garrett from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (USA), will discuss the interplay between the immune system and the gut microbiota in health and colorectal cancer specifically. The conversation will explore how microbes and immune cells are integral to intestinal homeostasis and how they can potentiate carcinogenesis. The discussion will also touch on how our understanding of metagenomics and cellular immunology – amongst others – are being applied in developing better therapeutics, and the role they play in precision medicine. By the end of the session, you’ll appreciate the role the gut microbiome plays in cancer and current research in this area.
Who should attend?
Anyone interested or working in this area of research, as well as patients and carers formally involved in research.