The microbiome, once overlooked for its complexity and essential role in dictating human (and ecosystem) health and disease, is now recognized as a key player in the world around, and within us. Meanwhile, the virome has remained an obscure and largely unstudied part of these complex microbial communities that underlie all life on Earth.
Join field leaders Drs. Frederic Bushman, Mya Breitbart, David Wang and other visionaries, as they tap into this emerging realm of microbiology in this first-ever meeting on The Global Virome in Health and Disease-- to be held in Tahoe City, California, March 1-4.
Below, these meeting organizers give us an in-depth view of the field, where it is headed, and forging new frontiers at the upcoming meeting.
Get a glimpse into meeting highlights and new horizons on this research frontier with meeting organizers:
In this one-on-one interview, Mya Breitbart shares insights into how viromes shape ecosystems, exploring both their commensal and pathological roles and functions.
Virome Signatures in Human Disease
In this one-on-one interview, Frederic Bushman shares new discoveries of viromes associated with lung transplant, inflammatory bowel disease and various other disease states, and explores the potential of using viromes as medical biomarkers.
Viromes in Shaping Immunity and Novel Therapies
In this one-on-one interview, David Wang explores the role of viromes in shaping our immune status, both directly and by influencing bacterial communities within us. Researchers are now studying these roles to expose previously unknown disease mechanisms and reveal novel therapeutic opportunities.
Shannon Weiman earned her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, specializing in microbiology and immunology. Prior to joining the Keystone Symposia team, she worked as a freelance writer for leaders in academic, industry and government research, including Stanford University’s Biomedical Innovation Initiative, the University of Colorado’s Biofrontiers Program, UCSF, the FDA and the American Society for Microbiology.