During the first week of December 2020, NDPIA offered its first online course on Microbiota and Health. The course introduced the field of microbiomes with a focus on how microbiota affect the health of a host.
Twenty international experts in the microbiome field, including Willem de Vos (University of Helsinki, Wageningen University), Nathalie Delzenne (Université Catholique de Louvain), and Erica and Justin Sonnenburg (Stanford University School of Medicine), presented lectures and held discussions on methods used to study microbiomes. Areas that were covered included microbiota associated with hosts, such as humans, farm-animals, and plants, effects of diet and age on the microbiota, interactions of the microbiota with the immune system and drugs, and trends on modifying the microbiota.
In addition to these lectures, course participants presented and discussed their research with colleagues during live online poster sessions and free time online was also provided for informal discussions.
The course was successful in part due to it being online and travel was not needed. As a result, we could engage participants from Sweden, Germany, Norway, and Denmark to build scientific networks with each other as well as outstanding national and international researchers in the field.
To see the full course programme, please visit: ndpia.se/events/microbiota-and-health/