Microbiome and Cancer Symposium

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Research at the intersection of the microbiome and cancer

Join us for the third annual Microbiome and Cancer Symposium. The goal of this meeting is to showcase the exciting research at the intersection of the microbiome and cancer at the University of Minnesota, to highlight potential new opportunities, and spark synergies between researchers across relevant fields of expertise.
The target audience for this meeting are University of Minnesota researchers, scientists, and clinicians working in the cancer research field who are interested in adding microbiome investigation to their research portfolio and microbiome researchers interested in leveraging their skills for cancer research. Those already developing research programs combining these fields are also strongly encouraged to attend.
Parking: $6/day lots available in the Maroon Lot (2010 6th St SE) and Victory Lot (2302 6th St SE). Both lots are located across the street from CCRB approximately, a 1- 3 minute walk. View the parking map here.

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2023 Agenda
8:00 AM - Registration and Breakfast
9:00 AM - Introduction
9:10 AM - The Human Microbiome and Cancer by Christian C. Abnet, PhD, MPH, National Cancer Institute
9:45 AM - Nutrition and Microbiome in allo-HCT by Jonathan U. Peled, MD, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
10:15 AM - Impacts of the Gut Microbiome and Wild Rice on Colon Cancer in a Rat Model by Jessica Sieber, PhD, University of Minnesota, Duluth
10:45 AM - Environmental Factors on Gut Microbiome by Leena Hilakivi-Clarke, PhD, The Hormel Institute
11:15 AM - Break
11:25 AM - Flash Talks
12:40 PM - Lunch & Roundtable Discussions
1:40 PM - 2022 Seed Funds Recap
2:30 PM - Poster Session & Networking
4:00 PM - Adjourn

Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions closed on Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Abstract submissions do not have to be at the intersection of the microbiome and cancer, but can be focused on just the microbiome or just cancer. You will be asked to describe a potential application of future work at the intersection of the microbiome and cancer.
Notifications on selected abstracts for poster presentations and flash talks will be made by September 8, 2023.
Contact the event team with questions or comments at mccevents@umn.edu or 612-624-7552.

Exhibitor and Sponsor Opportunities

We rely on supporters to host this event and reduce the financial burden of attending. Supporters are invited to exhibit at the event and receive recognition before, during, and after the event. Please review the Exhibitor Prospectus here.

The deadline to submit your intent to support this event is Friday, August 25, 2023.

Contact the Event Manager with questions at mart2948@umn.edu.

COVID-19 Event Information

We are pleased to offer this in person event while maintaining our number one goal of keeping the University of Minnesota community safe while learning.
As with any activity, there is inherent risk and the circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic have created a heightened degree of personal risk and responsibility. The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota is maintaining all legal and required measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 during this event.
We are currently monitoring local data on COVID-19 levels in order to keep our events safe and will take necessary health precautions based on these levels and guidance from the CDC, MDH, and our own public health experts. Guests will be informed of any updates to the event that may occur due to the virus.
How we are maintaining on-site safety:
  • Masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer are available at the event.
  • Check-in and food pick up areas are designed to minimize time in lines and include grab and go menus.
  • Increased cleaning is being applied in event spaces.
  • Event space ventilation is maximized according to the UMN Facilities Management COVID-19 ventilation standards.
  • Outdoor seating is available during meal times.
How attendees can maintain on-site safety:
  • At this time, masks are not required, but are strongly recommended when not actively eating or drinking.
  • If you are feeling unwell, please stay at home.
  • Get tested, vaccinated, and boosted before attending.
Please contact mccevents@umn.edu if you have additional questions.