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Genes Webinar | Human Gut Microbiome II

7 Nov 2022, 10:00 (CET)

Microbiome, Multiomics, Diet, Health, Disease
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Welcome from the Chair

3rd Genes Webinar

Human Gut Microbiome II

It is well known that humans are colonized by trillions of microorganisms, mainly bacteria, most of which reside in the intestine, forming the so-called gut microbiome. Host-associated microbiomes exert a multitiered impact on physiology, supporting health or vice versa contributing to disease susceptibility and progression. However, despite countless advances in the field, the major microbiome players, their functionalities and variation drivers are not yet fully known. In this context, multi-omics approaches, which integrate 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing, shotgun metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and metabolomics, while challenging, offer a unique opportunity to investigate microbiome composition down to the strain level, as well as its functional structure, from the coding sequences to the genes actually transcribed, up to the metabolites produced. Finally yet importantly, the use of animal models can help address key mechanistic questions.

It is therefore a great pleasure and honor to welcome three world-leading experts to join us in today’s webinar, who have made outstanding contributions in the field of the gut microbiome, with particular regard to the diet-microbiome axis, neurodegenerative diseases and multi-omics. They will show recent advances in their labs and highlight significant issues for future research.

Date: 7 November 2022

Time: 10:00 am CET | 4:00 am EST | 5:00 pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 820 6834 0399

Webinar Secretariat:


Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology, University of Bologna, Italy

Silvia Turroni is Associate Professor in Chemistry and Biotechnology of Fermentation, at the Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology, University of Bologna (Bologna, Italy). She graduated in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at the University of Bologna in 2004. She obtained a PhD in Applied Biocatalysis and Industrial Microbiology at the University of Bologna in 2008. Her research activity, documented by >155 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and >125 participations in national and international congresses (of which >60 as invited speaker), is mainly focused on the characterization of the compositional and functional structure of the human gut microbiome, and its impact on human health.

Invited Speakers

Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Padova, Italy

Antonio Paoli graduated in physical education (ISEF) in 1989, then in 2004 in Medicine (Padova University) and in in 2008 he earned the specialization in Sport Medicine (University of Pavia). He became assistant professor of Sport Sciences in 2011 at the Department of Human Anatomy and Physiology, University of Padova (Italy). In 2013 he became associate professor and in 2018 full professor and chair of Exercise and Sport Sciences at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Padova. He is Director and Professor of Strength Training and Sport Nutrition at the University UCAM (Murcia, Spain) and Head of Human Health Laboratory Lobachevsky University - Niznij Novgorod - Russia. He is President of the Italian Society of Sport and Exercise Science (SISMES) and the European Sport Nutrition Society (ESNS). Since October, 2015, Antonio Paoli is Rector’s Delegate for Sport and Wellness of the University of Padova, and from 2021 Vice Rector for Wellness and Sport, being in charge for managing sport and wellness-health related activities for students, faculties and employees He is currently Director of the Nutrition & Exercise Physiology Laboratory of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Padova, Italy, Dean of the Bachelor Degree in Human Movement Science and Dean of the Master Degree in Preventive and Adapted Physical Activity.

Section of Statistical Multi-Omics, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Surrey, UK,
People-centered AI institute, University of Surrey, UK

Dr. Demirkan finished her PhD on genetic studies of circulating lipids, depressive disorder at the Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Since then she has worked on genetics of omics phenotypes, metabolomics, lipidomics and finally gut microbiome. Her current research focuses of understanding of gut microbiome in relation to health and disease.

LAGENBIO (Laboratory of Genetics and Biochemistry), Faculty of Veterinary-Research Institute of Health of Aragon (IISA), CIBERNED, University of Zaragoza, Spain

Dr. Ana Cristina Calvo, PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology in the University of Zaragoza (2003). Dr. Calvo is Full Professor of Genetics and she is a member of the LAGENBIO (Teragen and Regeneragen) Group of the Research Institute of Health in Aragon. During the last 18 years, her research interests are focused on the identification of prognostic, diagnostic and predictive biomarkers of ALS. Dr. Calvo has wide expertise in preclinical and translational studies in ALS. Her h index is 20 (Scopus) and she is coauthor of 51 articles. She has participated in 21 projects and industry contracts and has 3 patents. She is lately interested in the role of non-coding RNA species and the intestinal microbial community in ALS.

Webinar Content

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Time in CET

Chair Dr. Silvia Turroni

Chair Introduction

10:00 - 10:10 am

Prof. Dr. Antonio Paoli

Ketogenic Diet and Microbiota: A Story of Love and Hate?

10:10 - 10:30 am

Dr. Ayse Demirkan

Gut Microbiome: Genetics and Its Role for Parkinson’s Disease

10:30 - 10:50 am

Professor Ana Cristina Calvo

Involvement of the Gut Microbiota in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

10:50 - 11:10 am


11:10 - 11:25 am

Closing of Webinar

Chair Dr. Silvia Turroni

11:25 - 11:30 am

Relevant SIs

Human Microbiota: Current Updates on Pathogenetic Mechanisms and Methodological Advances
Guest Editor: Dr. Valeria D’Argenio
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2022

Application of Bioinformatics in Microbiome
Guest Editor: Dr. Tsute Chen
Deadline for manuscript submissions:20 January 2023

Microbial Population Genetics
Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Jianping Xu
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 April 2023

Feature Papers in Microbial Genetics in 2023
Guest Editor: Dr. Silvia Turroni
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 April 2023

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