Society for Microbial Ecology and Disease: 38th SOMED Congress, Verona, 11-13 October, 2015

The microbiome plays an essential role in human health and in the development of a range of diseases, and it represents an exciting area of innovative research. The 2015 SOMED Congress intends to bring together leading scientists from the fields of microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, nutrition, gastroenterology and neuroscience for discussing the recent advances in all aspects related to the fast expanding microbiome/microbiota research

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The meeting will explore the interaction of various microbiomes (e.g. gut, oral cavity, skin, urogenital tract) with the host, analyzing the many factors involved. The program will also address the opportunities and challenges in translating microbiome research into benefits for public health, by examining the development of new foods, drugs and therapies that interplay with the microbiome.

This meeting will offer the opportunity to network with colleagues and other leading international and national scientists, academics and clinicians during both social and scientific sessions of the program.

A special invitation is aimed at younger colleagues, participate in and present the results of their research: communications and posters discussion will be important moments of the Congress.

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Martin Delahunty

Global Director, Nature Partner Journals, Nature Research

Working within Nature Research's Open Research Group, I am Global Director for Nature Partner Journals based in London. I have responsibility across five global office locations to develop Nature Partner Journals, a new series of online-only, open access journals, published in collaboration with world-renowned partners. Launched in April 2014, the portfolio now includes 14 titles including 'npj Biofilms and Microbiomes'. I have a Degree in Natural Sciences specializing in Microbiology from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Business Administration from The Open University. Within the broader medical publications community, I serve as Secretary and Trustee for the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals.