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Role of the Genital Tract Microbiome in Sexual and Reproductive Health (S6)

Scientific Organizers: Janneke van de Wijgert, Jeanne Marrazzo, Douglas Kwon and Jo-Ann Passmore


December 11—15, 2018

Southern Sun Cape Sun, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa


Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


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DEADLINES:
*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time
Global Health Travel Award Deadline: Jul 10, 2018 [details]
Scholarship Deadline: Aug 28, 2018 [details]
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Aug 28, 2018 [details]
Abstract Deadline: Sep 12, 2018 [details]
Discounted Registration Deadline: Oct 11, 2018 [details]

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Register Yourself Deadlines and Fees

Rates and Deadlines listed below are for the 2019-S6 "Role of the Genital Tract Microbiome in Sexual and Reproductive Health" conference only.

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time

Deadline Date Cost
Discounted Abstract Deadline
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Before and On August 28, 2018 100.00 USD*
- 50.00 USD discount
Abstract Deadline
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After August 28, 2018 until October 30, 2018 100.00 USD*
* 50.00 USD of Abstract fee deducted from your registration fee when you register for this meeting
Scholarship
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August 28, 2018 n/a
Discounted NON-STUDENT Registration
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Before and On October 11, 2018 845.00 USD
(includes 200.00 discount)
Regular NON-STUDENT Registration
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After October 11, 2018 1045.00 USD
Discounted STUDENT Registration
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Before and On October 11, 2018 620.00 USD
(includes 200.00 discount)
Regular STUDENT Registration
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After October 11, 2018 820.00 USD

* Changes in payment type that result in a refund are subject to a processing fee.
* Currency exchange gains/losses are the responsibility of the registrant and the Keystone Symposia will accept no liability for money loss through bank charges, transfers or currency fluctuations.




Discounted Abstract Deadline: August 28, 2018

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time

Abstract Submission Fee: 100.00 USD*
Submission by this date receives 50.00 USD discount.
*50.00 USD will be applied to Registration Fee when you register

Abstract Details: It is best to submit your abstract early. Abstract and registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to the abstract or discounted registration deadlines. Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.

Submitting your abstract early allows us to:
  • submit your abstract to organizers to be considered for a short talk
  • accept your abstract online
  • include your abstract on our website and in our secure mobile app
  • reserve your space at the meeting for a poster presentation.**
**Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.
(The Abstract Deadline: is September 12, 2018)

Global Health Travel Award Deadline: July 10, 2018

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time


Global Health Travel Award Details: You MUST complete your Global Health Travel Award appplication by the Global Health Travel Award Deadline and complete the other required steps (verify your contact information and submit a recommendation letter) to be considered for a travel award.


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Scholarship Deadline: August 28, 2018

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time


Scholarship Details: You MUST submit your abstract by the Scholarship Deadline and complete the other required steps (submit a scholarship application and submit a mentor letter) to be considered for a scholarship.

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Abstract Deadline: September 12, 2018

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time


Abstract Submission Fee: 100.00 USD*
*50.00 USD will be applied to Registration Fee when you register

Details: It is best to submit your abstract early. Abstract and registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to the abstract or discounted registration deadline. Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.

Submitting your abstract by the Abstract Deadline allows us to:

  • submit your abstract to organizers to be considered for a short talk
  • include your abstract on our website and in our secure mobile app
  • reserve your space at the meeting for a poster presentation.**
**Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.
Abstracts submitted after the Abstract Deadline will NOT be considered for a short talk.

(Discounted Abstract Deadline: is August 28, 2018)

Discounted Registration Deadline: October 11, 2018

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time


Registration Fee: 845.00 USD* (includes 200.00 USD discount)
Student Registration Fee: 620.00 USD* (must complete student verification form)

*Includes 50.00 USD of your abstract submission fee

After the Discounted Registration Deadline:


Registration Fee: 1045.00 USD*
Student Registration Fee: 820.00 USD* (must complete student verification form)

*Includes 50.00 USD of your abstract submission fee

Registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to discounted registration deadline.

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Keystone Symposia has received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to subsidize a limited number of registration fees for local scientists, students and post-doctoral associates to attend and participate in this Keystone Symposia conference.

Who can Apply: Scientists, students and post-doctoral associates that mainly reside in the country of South Africa.

This money is intended to enable individuals with financial need to attend the meeting who would not otherwise be able to participate. This support is for registration fees only. The awardee must arrange for their own transportation, accommodation and food expenses.

How to Apply: Email awards@keystonesymposia.org with the following information:
Name, Occupation, Current Degree, Institute Attending or Current Employment, Area of Research or Study, and a short statement explaining why attending this meeting would benefit your research, training, or career goals.

Deadline: Midnight US Mountain Time (MST) on Monday, October 29, 2018

We look forward to receiving your application. All applications will receive email confirmation of receipt. Awardees will be assisted in the registration process. Declined applications will receive notice in advance of the discounted registration deadline.

No registration fees are used to fund entertainment or alcohol at this conference

Conference Program    Print  |   View meeting in 24 hr (international) time


The meeting will begin on Tuesday, December 11 with registration from 16:00 to 20:00 and a welcome mixer from 18:00 to 20:00. Conference events conclude on Saturday, December 15 with a closing plenary session from 17:00 to 19:00, followed by a social hour and entertainment. We recommend return travel on Sunday, December 16 in order to fully experience the meeting.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11

4:00—8:00 PM
Arrival and Registration

3rd Floor Lobby
6:00—8:00 PM
Welcome Mixer
No registration fees are used to fund alcohol served at this function.

3rd Floor Lobby

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12

8:30—9:30 AM
Welcome and Keynote Address
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 11/11/2018

VOC North
* Janneke van de Wijgert, University of Liverpool and University Medical Center Utrecht, UK

* Jo-Ann S. Passmore, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Jeanne M. Marrazzo, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Setting the Stage: An Overview of Advances and Controversies in Vaginal Microbiome Research

9:30 AM—12:15 PM
Vaginal Microbiology
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 11/11/2018

VOC North
* Janneke van de Wijgert, University of Liverpool and University Medical Center Utrecht, UK

* Jo-Ann S. Passmore, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Jacques Ravel, University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA
Progress Toward an In-Depth Understanding of the Vaginal Microbiome

Coffee Break

David Fredricks, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA
The Vaginal Microbiota and Bacterial Vaginosis

Mariya I. Petrova, KU Leuven, Belgium
Role of Lactobacillus Iners in the Vaginal Microbiota

Rosanne Y. Hertzberger, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Short Talk: Lactobacillus crispatus Growth on Glycogen Is Dependent on its Type 1 Pullulanase Gene Variant

Michael France, University of Maryland Baltimore, USA
Short Talk: Identifying Factors that Influence the Temporal Stability of the Vaginal Microbiome

Matthew R. Hayward, Ragon Institute, USA
Short Talk: Cervicovaginal Microbial Strains Are Associated with Distinct Immunophenotypes

12:15—5:00 PM
On Own for Lunch

12:15—1:00 PM
Poster Setup

VOC South
1:00—10:00 PM
Poster Viewing

VOC South
4:30—5:00 PM
Coffee Available

3rd Floor Lobby
5:00—7:00 PM
Genital Tract Microbiology and Metabolomics
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 11/11/2018

VOC North
* Sharon Hillier, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA

* Tania Crucitti, Centre Pasteur du Cameroun, Cameroon

Caroline M. Mitchell, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
Microbiota of the Female Upper Genital Tract

Jessica Prodger, Western University, Canada
Male Genital Tract Microbiota: Insights into HIV Acquisition

Sujatha Srinivasan, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA
Metabolic Signatures of Bacterial Vaginosis

Praveen Thumbikat, Northwestern University, USA
Short Talk: Ubiquitous Gram-Positive Bacteria in the Male Urogenital Tract Are Disease-Causing Agents in Chronic Pelvic Pain

Gilda Tachedjian, Burnet Institute, Australia
Short Talk: Immune Modulatory Effects of Vaginal Microbiota Organic Acid Metabolites on Lower Female Reproductive Tract Epithelial Cells

7:00—8:00 PM
Social Hour with Lite Bites
No registration fees are used to fund alcohol served at this function.

3rd Floor Lobby
7:30—10:00 PM
Poster Session 1

VOC South

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13

8:30—11:45 AM
Genital Tract Immunology
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 11/11/2018

VOC North
* Douglas S. Kwon, Harvard Medical School, USA

* Zenda Woodman, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Jo-Ann S. Passmore, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Interplay between Genital Immunity and Microbiota, Relevant to HIV Risk

Jordan K. Kyongo, LVCT Health, Kenya
Associations between Vaginal Microbiota and Immune Mediators in the Vaginal Biomarkers Study in Kenya, South Africa and Rwanda

Coffee Break

Rupert Kaul, University of Toronto, Canada
Impact of the Genital Microbiota and Microbiome-Focused Clinical Interventions on Mucosal Immunology and HIV Susceptibility

Paul J. Hertzog, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Australia
The Role of IFN-ε in the Immune Homeostasis of the Female Genital Tract

Ryan Cheu, University of Miami, USA
Short Talk: The Impact of Vaginal Microbial Communities on Immune Cells Essential for Pathogen Protection and Epithelial Integrity

Heleen Schuster, Amsterdam University Medical Center, Netherlands
Short Talk: Exploring Microbe-Immune Crosstalk: Immunoglobulin Coating of Vaginal Microbiota.

Seth M. Bloom, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
Short Talk: Modulation of Genital Tract CD4+ T Cell Subsets by Cervicovaginal Bacteria

11:45 AM—5:00 PM
On Own for Lunch

11:45 AM—1:00 PM
Poster Setup

VOC South
1:00—10:00 PM
Poster Viewing

VOC South
4:30—5:00 PM
Coffee Available

3rd Floor Lobby
5:00—7:00 PM
Genital Tract Mucosal Defenses and Biofilms
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 11/11/2018

VOC North
* Lindi Masson, University of Cape Town Medical School, South Africa

* Thomas J. Hope, Northwestern University, USA

Melissa M. Herbst-Kralovetz, University of Arizona, USA
Human in vitro Systems to Study Genital Tract Mucosal Defenses

Hans Verstraelen, Ghent University, Belgium
Study of In Vivo Biofilms of the Female Genital Tract

Tania Crucitti, Centre Pasteur du Cameroun, Cameroon
Vaginal Microbiota and Biofilms in a Clinical Trial of the NuvaRing® in Rwanda

Rémy Froissart, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
Short Talk: Antibiotic Resistance Versus Biofilm Production in Gardnerella vaginalis

Laura K. Sycuro, University of Calgary, Canada
Short Talk: Morphotypic Variation of Vaginal Clue Cells Broadens Understanding of Vaginal Biofilms

7:00—8:00 PM
Social Hour with Lite Bites
No registration fees are used to fund alcohol served at this function.

3rd Floor Lobby
7:30—10:00 PM
Poster Session 2

VOC South

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14

8:30—11:45 AM
Genital Tract Microbiota Associations with HIV/STIs
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 11/11/2018

VOC North
* Pamela Phumelele Gumbi, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

* Jorgen Skov Jensen, Statens Serum Institut, Denmark

Douglas S. Kwon, Harvard Medical School, USA
Genital Tract Microbiota Associations with HIV, Including Potential Mechanisms

Lindi Masson, University of Cape Town Medical School, South Africa
Metaproteomics Approaches to Understand Mucosal Inflammation and Target Cell Activation Associated with HIV Acquisition in African Women

Coffee Break

Nichole R. Klatt, University of Miami, USA
The Role of Vaginal Microbiota in Antiretroviral Drug Pharmacokinetics

Thomas J. Hope, Northwestern University, USA
Using Imaging Approaches to Gain Mechanistic Insights into HIV Transmission and Prevention

Rebecca M. Brotman, University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA
Short Talk: The Vaginal Microenvironment Prior to Incident STI

Lynette Denny, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Short Talk: Distinct Cervical Microbial Diversity and Community Structures by Human Papilloma Virus and Cervical Disease Status in HIV-Positive Women in South Africa

Erica L. Plummer, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre/ Central Clinical School, Monash University, Australia
Short Talk: Sexual Behaviors Impact the Vaginal Microbiota of Women Who Have Sex with Women

11:45 AM—5:00 PM
On Own for Lunch

11:45 AM—1:00 PM
Poster Setup

VOC South
1:00—10:00 PM
Poster Viewing

VOC South
4:30—5:00 PM
Coffee Available

3rd Floor Lobby
5:00—7:00 PM
Genital Tract Microbiota Associations with Pregnancy and Neonatal Complications
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 11/11/2018

VOC North
* Hans Verstraelen, Ghent University, Belgium

* Caroline M. Mitchell, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA

Gregory A. Buck, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
The Microbiome of the Female Reproductive Tract and Pregnancy

David MacIntyre, Imperial College London, UK
The Relationship between Vaginal Microbiota Composition and Poor Pregnancy Outcomes

David M. Aronoff, Vanderbilt University, USA
Leveraging New Tissue Models to Explore Host-Microbial Interactions in Chorioamnionitis

Muchaneta Mugabe, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Short Talk: Vaginal Microbiome and Birth Weight in a Zimbabwean Cohort

Anna Sandager Hansen, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark
Short Talk: Subclinical Vaginal Infections and Adverse Pregnancy Outcome

7:00—8:00 PM
Social Hour with Lite Bites
No registration fees are used to fund alcohol served at this function.

3rd Floor Lobby
7:30—10:00 PM
Poster Session 3

VOC South

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15

8:30—11:45 AM
Vaginal Dysbiosis Prevention and Treatment Interventions I
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 11/11/2018

VOC North
* Jeanne M. Marrazzo, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

* Lenka A. Vodstrcil, Monash University, Australia

Jennifer E. Balkus, University of Washington, USA
Overview of Antibiotic and Antifungal Interventions

Janneke van de Wijgert, University of Liverpool and University Medical Center Utrecht, UK
Vaginal Probiotics: Results of a Randomized Pilot Trial and Systematic Review

Coffee Break

Craig R. Cohen, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Update on Live Biotherapeutic Trials to Prevent Vaginal Dysbiosis and HIV

Catriona S. Bradshaw, Monash University, Australia
Partner Treatment Studies

Florencia A.T. Boshier, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA
Short Talk: Complementing 16S rRNA Gene Amplicon Sequencing with Estimates of Total Bacterial Load Can Infer Absolute Bacterial Species Concentrations as Measured by Targeted Assays in the Vaginal Microbiome

Jeanne Tamarelle, Université Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France
Short Talk: Long-Lasting Impact of Antibiotic Treatment for Chlamydia trachomatis on the Vaginal Microbiome in Young Women

Kelly Li, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., USA
Short Talk: Developing A Large Collection of Vaginal Microbiota Assays Using TaqManTM Chemistry on High-Throughput Nano-Microfluidic OpenArrayTM

11:45 AM—5:00 PM
On Own for Lunch

4:30—5:00 PM
Coffee Available

3rd Floor Lobby
5:00—6:45 PM
Vaginal Dysbiosis Prevention and Treatment Interventions II
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 11/11/2018

VOC North
* Jo-Ann S. Passmore, University of Cape Town, South Africa

* Jennifer E. Balkus, University of Washington, USA

Sharon Hillier, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA
Effect of Sex Hormones on the Vaginal Microbiota and Multipurpose Prevention Technologies

Lenka A. Vodstrcil, Monash University, Australia
The Oral Contraceptive Pill Favorably Influences the Vaginal Microbiota but Sexual Activity Drives BV Recurrence

Adam J. Ratner, New York University School of Medicine, USA
Targeting Perinatal Pathogens in the Vaginal Microbiome

Gregor Reid, Lawson Health Research Institute, Canada
Short Talk: Probiotic Fermented Food for Africa

6:45—7:00 PM
Meeting Wrap-Up: Outcomes and Future Directions
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 11/11/2018

VOC North
* Janneke van de Wijgert, University of Liverpool and University Medical Center Utrecht, UK

7:00—8:00 PM
Social Hour with Lite Bites
No registration fees are used to fund alcohol served at this function.

3rd Floor Lobby
8:00—11:00 PM
Entertainment
Entertainment is not subsidized by conference registration fees nor any U.S. federal government grants. Funding for this expense is provided by other revenue sources.

VOC South

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16

 
Departure


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