Interconnected perspectives: human and animal microbiomes and their role in feeding the gut

June 27, 2024 04:00 PM Europe/Copenhagen

Join us on World Microbiome Day for an enlightening discussion where experts from various realms of microbiome research converge to shed light on the latest breakthroughs, challenges, and opportunities in the microbial world. 

Our panelists, each representing a unique facet of the microbiome landscape including humans, production animals, and pets, will delve into the interconnectedness of microbial communities and their role in feeding the gut across species boundaries. 

From scientists to formulators, medical professionals to nutritionists, veterinarians to farmers, and supplement and food companies, this session offers valuable insights applicable across diverse industries and disciplines. Don't miss out on this opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of microbiome dynamics from a cross-species perspective. 

The best part - you can ask your questions during the live session!

Steve Lerner Ph.D.

Senior Scientific and Business Advisor, North America, Novonesis

Steve has a Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology from West Virginia University and a post-doctoral Fellowship in Molecular Genetics from the University of Southern California. He holds an M.S. in Biology/Embryology from West Virginia University and a B.S. in Zoology from University of Maryland. Prior to joining Chr. Hansen, Steve worked at Nutrition Physiology Company as Vice President of Product Development and Commercialization.

Gisle Vestergaard Ph.D.

Senior Microbiome Scientist, Animal Biosolutions, Applied R&D, Novonesis

Gisle Vestergaard Ph.D is a biochemist who has transitioned into the field of bioinformatics, specializing in running projects focused on metagenomics and microbiomes. His primary focus lies in advancing our understanding from mere correlations between microbiomes and health to establishing causative relationships in a practical manner. He loves helping people and projects grow while building sustainable solutions for a better tomorrow.

Adam Baker Ph.D.

Director of Science, Future Labs, Human Health Biosolutions, Novonesis

Leads the Future Lab incubator, which uses molecular and data science, AI approaches, and leverages microbiome science and bioinformatic capabilities, to give a window into how probiotics can play and integral role in the future of sustainable health and wellness and be connected to the digitalized consumer lifestyle.
We focus on the key role of bacteria throughout life and how these bacteria play key roles in our health. In particular, we are focused on the gastro intestinal environment and clinical understanding of the interactions between the bacteria and the host microbiome at a molecular and clinically functional level.
Prior to Chr. Hansen worked as the VP of Diagnostic Product Develop at Exiqon A/S in Denmark for 5 years and the Head of New Technologies in deCODE Genetics in Iceland. Both of these roles focused on the development of new insights and therapeutics to support the clinical treatment of complex diseases. In addition I have held positions in Vancouver, Canada and Boehringer Ingelheim in Vienna Austria.

Jan Suchodolski, DrVetMed, PhD, AGAF, DACVM

Professor, Small Animal Internal Medicine Associate Director for Research, Microbiome Sciences Gastrointestinal Laboratory, Texas A&M University

Jan S. Suchodolski is a professor, associate director and head of microbiome sciences at the Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Texas A&M University. He received his DrVetMed from the University Vienna, Austria and his PhD in veterinary microbiology from Texas A&M University. He is board certified in immunology by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM). His research is focused on developing biomarkers for gastrointestinal disease and therapeutic approaches for the modulation of the intestinal microbiota. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 peer-reviewed articles in the area of veterinary gastroenterology and microbiome research. In 2024, he received the AVMA career achievement in canine research award.