Eukaryome impact on Intestine homeostasis and mucosal immunology
Paris, October 16-18, 2019



Eukaryome impact on Intestine homeostasis
and mucosal immunology

Paris, October 16-18, 2019
Institut Pasteur, 28, rue du Dr Roux, Paris, France

Amphitheater Duclaux


Multiple demographic or economic parameters contribute to the origin of emerging infections, for example: poverty, urbanization, climate change, conflicts and population migrations. All these factors are a challenge to assess the impact (present and future) of parasitic diseases on public health. The intestine is a major target of these infections; it is a nutrient-rich environment harbouring a complex and dynamic population of 100 trillion microbes: the microbiome. Most researches on the microbiome focus on bacteria, which share the gut ecosystem with a population of uni- and multi cellular eukaryotic organisms that may prey on them.  Our interest focuses on the families of eukaryotic microbes inhabiting the intestine, called “intestinal eukaryome”, that include fungi, protists and helminths. Knowledge on the reciprocal influence between the microbiome and the eukaryome, and on their combined impact on homeostasis and intestinal diseases is scanty and can be considered as an important emerging field. Furthermore, the factors that differentiate pathogenic eukaryotes from commensals are still unknown. In this congress our wish is to attract people interested in the eukaryome, especially during infection.

The conferences will address the following topics:

  1. Phylogenetic, prevalence, and diversity of intestinal eukaryotic microbes; and their (still enigmatic) historical evolution and potential contributions to mucosal immune homeostasis.
  2. Integrative biology to study the molecular cell biology of parasite-host interactions and the multiple parameters underlining the infectious process.
  3. The exploitation of tissue engineering and microfluidics to establish three-dimensional (3D) systems that help to understand homeostasis and pathological processes in the human intestine.


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Invited Speakers

Arturo Aguilar, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Mexico City, Mexico
Nancy Allbritton, University of North Carolina, United States
Samie Amidou, University of Venda, Venda, South Africa
Serge Ankri, Technion Institute, Haifa, Israel
Alok Bhattacharya, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Iris Bruchhaus, Bernhard Nocht Institut for Tropical Medicine, Hambourg, Germany
David Carmena, Spanish National Centre for Microbiology, Madrid, Spain
Julio Cesar Carrero, Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Kris Chadee, University of Calgary, Canada
Sunando Datta, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal, India
Michael Duchene, Institute of Specific Prophylaxis and Tropical Medicine, Vienna, Austria
Carmen Faso, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Mark Field, University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom
Carol Gilchrist, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, United States
Robert Hirt, Newcastle University, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Philippe Jay, Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle, INSERM, Montpellier, France
Kateřina Jirků Pomajbíková, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Malin Johansson, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
Elisabeth Labruyère, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
Som Lata, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India
Hannelore Lotter, Bernhard Nocht Institut for Tropical Medicine, Hamburg, Germany
Laurence Marchat, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, ENMH, Mexico City, Mexico
Eric Martens, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, United States
Arthur Mortha, University of Toronto, Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Kumiko Nakada-Tsukui, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan
Tomoyoshi Nozaki, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Jean-Christophe Olivo Marin, Institut Pasteur, France
Alfonso Olivos-García, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, México, Mexico
Esther Orozco, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Mexico City, Mexico
William Petri Jr, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, United States
Katherine Ralston, University of California, Davis, United States
Nathalie Sauvonnet, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
Pauline Schaap, University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom
Laure Segurel, Musée de l'Homme, CNRS, France
Upinder Singh, Stanford University, United States
Staffan G. Svärd, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Jean Tachezy, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Anastasios Tsaousis, University of Kent, Canterbury, Canterbury, United Kingdom
Cecilia Ximenez, Faculty of Medicine National University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico


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