Monday, October 11th
3:00 – 4:45 pm US Central Time

3:00 – 3:15 Welcome

3:15 – 4:15 Plenary Session: Food for Health and Why it Matters

    • Bruce German, Director, UC Davis Food for Health Institute 
    • Paul Ross, Director, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Center, Cork Ireland 
    • Yolanda Sanz, Coordinator MyNewGut Research Consortium, Spain

4:15 – 5:15  Plenary Session:  Cautionary Tales -- Diet-microbiome interactions contributing to disease

5:15 - 5:45  Networking/Break-out groups

(Networking platform to remain open for the duration of the event)


Tuesday, October 12th
9:00 – 1:30 US Central Time

9:00 – 10:00 Plenary session: Dietary Components and Modulation of the Gut Microbiome—what does the catalogue look like?

    • Bruce Hamaker, Director Whistler Institute, Purdue University
    • Eric Martens, University of Michigan Medical School

10:00 – 11:00 Plenary session: Complexity of the problem—the challenge of understanding complex interactions between diet, microbiome, host, and health/disease across populations of humans.

    • Laure Bindels, UC Louvain, Belgium 
    • Jens Walter, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Center and Cork College
    • Vince Young, University of Michigan

11:00 – 11:45 Networking / break-out groups

11:45 – 12:45 Plenary session: Translation-Commercialization in the Ag-Health space—opportunities, barriers, bottlenecks and moving the meter

    • Cargill

12:45 – 1:30 Panel discussion: Substantiation, standardization, and regulatory—what is the proper space for “Food for Health” products?

    • Dan Merenstein, Family Medicine, Georgetown University
    • Charlie Arnot, CEO, Foundation for Food Integrity, possible moderator

Wednesday, October 13th
9:00 – 1:30 US Central Time

9:00 – 10:00 Plenary session: Complexity of the problem II—what are the best microbiome-associated targets for improving human health?

    • Deanna Gibson, University of British Columbia Okanagan
    • Bruce Hamaker, Director, Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research


10:00 – 11:00 Plenary session:  Integrating prevention in susceptible individuals into disease management strategies

    • Peter Mannon, Professor of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center

11:00 – 11:45 Networking / break-out groups

11:45 – 12:45 Plenary Session: Opportunities and challenges for microbiome active trait breeding in crop plants

    • Seth Murray, Professor, Corn Breeding & Genetics, Texas A&M

12:45 – 1:30 Panel discussion: Taking it to the streets—commercializing innovation in the diet-microbiome space

    • Alan Murray – former CEO of NextFoods Inc, Consultant
    • Patrick Veiga, Danone Nutricia Research 
    • Susan Mitmesser, Pharmavite Nurish