The human microbiome consists of thousands of viral and microbial species which inhabit the human body and have co-evolved with us to protect against pathogens, regulate organ function and supply nutrients and other factors essential for health. When these members fall out of balance, it can lead to disease. Participants will discuss the various roles that the microbiome and its specific members play in the initiation and persistence of diseases.
Lita Proctor, National Human Genome Research Inst/NIH
Forest Rohwer, San Diego State University
Karen Guillemin, University of Oregon