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


Organizer(s) 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
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Aug 28, 2018
Abstract Deadline: Sep 12, 2018
Scholarship Deadline: Aug 28, 2018
Discounted Registration Deadline: Oct 11, 2018

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

Summary of Meeting:
Bacteria and fungi residing in the female genital tract have been associated with elevated risks of HIV acquisition and transmission, pelvic inflammatory disease, miscarriage, preterm birth, and invasive maternal and neonatal infections. The increased availability of high-throughput genomic testing since the turn of the century has revealed a more detailed picture of these organisms than was possible when evaluation depended on microscopy and culture. The interrelationships between sexually transmitted infections, vaginal dysbiosis, vulvovaginal candidiasis, and vaginal pathobiont carriage are being elucidated, and their effects on the cervicovaginal mucosal barrier and immune system are being characterized. The mechanisms that may lead to adverse outcomes are being unraveled, and an increasing number of interventions are in clinical trials. In this meeting, the current understanding of female and male genital tract microbiology and immunology, including functional microbiology and biofilms, will be presented and knowledge gaps identified. Potential mechanisms leading to adverse outcomes, and a variety of potential prevention and/or treatment interventions, will be presented and discussed. The exponential progress made in recent years will hopefully lead to efficacious public health interventions to reduce the high prevalence of adverse sexual and reproductive health outcomes in women, especially in resource-poor settings.

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Scholarships/Awards

Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship Recipients

Florencia A.T. Boshier
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA

Matthew R. Hayward
Ragon Institute, USA

Erica L. Plummer
Melbourne Sexual Health Centre/ Central Clinical School, Monash University, Australia

Keystone Symposia Global Health Travel Award Recipients, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Apoorva .
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Andrea Gillian Abrahams
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Margaret Alaba Adekanle
Ladoke Akintola University, Nigeria

Yemisi Olukemi Adesiji
Ladoke Akintola University, Nigeria

Adedayo Olubunmi Adeyemi
Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Evaluation, Nigeria

Ayorinde Oluwatobiloba Afolayan
University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Kavita Agarwal
Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Arghavan Alisoltanidehkordi
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Clara Aranha
National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, India

Chanel Avenant
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Olayemi Oluseun Ayepola
Covenant University, Nigeria

Christina Balle
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Josephine Bayigga
Uganda Virus Research Institute, Uganda

Rubina Bunjun
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Stephanie Erdoo Chenge
Federal Medical Centre, Nigeria

Ross Thomas Cromarty
Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, South Africa

Lyle M. Curry
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Smritee Dabee
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Nanma Dashe
University of Jos, Nigeria

Ibrahim I. Daud
‚ÄčAcademic Model Providing Access to Healthcare, Kenya

Khoudia Diop
Aix-Marseille University, France

Osarieme Blessing Donbraye-Emmanuel
University College Hospital, Nigeria

Mohamed Ezzat El Zowalaty
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Brhanu Teka Endallew
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Tanko Fatime Ramla
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Edgar Imbwaga Gulavi
Aga Khan University Hospital, Kenya

Anna-Ursula Happel
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Adaobi Jennifer Iheanyi
Health Issues Prevention and Assistance Organization, Nigeria

Janine Jewanraj
Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, South Africa

Catherine Kiptinness
Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya

Brian Kullin
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Marcelle Le Roux
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

Yongjie Liu
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Nomfuneko Mafunda
Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, USA

Francis Ajang Magaji
University of Jos, Nigeria

Anthony Mathew Magoda
St. Francis University College, Tanzania

Olufunmilola Bamidele Makanjuola
University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Monalisa Tatenda Manhanzva
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Noluthando Yvonne Mazibuko-Motau
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Khanyisile Happiness Mngomezulu
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Refilwe Phemelo Molatlhegi
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Andile A.N. Mtshali
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Harriet Wandia Mwangi
Kenyatta University, Kenya

Gugulethu Mzobe
Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, South Africa

Samukelisiwe Busisiwe Ngcobo
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Francisca Obiageri Nwaokorie
University of Lagos, Nigeria

Jael Obiero
Institute of Primate Research, Kenya

Jeremiah Ikhevha Ogah
University of Ilorin, Nigeria

Susan Gloria Kwamboka Omosa-Manyonyi
University of Nairobi, Kenya

Rosalia E. Omungo
Freelance, Kenya

Nashlin Pillay
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Thevani Pillay
Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, South Africa

Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei
Niger Delta University, Nigeria

Wenkosi Perez Qulu
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Nina Radzey
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Jisuvei Clayton Salano
University of Nairobi, Kenya

Abu Bakar Siddik
University of Manitoba, Canada

Parveen Sobia
Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, South Africa

Riley James Traviss
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Otobo Innocent Ujah
Jos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria