Infectious Disease Research Talks 2018 Symposium: Metabolism of Infectious Diseases, Defining Relationships for Solutions
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2018 Infectious Disease Research Talks Symposium

June 12-15

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

About the 2018 Symposium

The establishment and outcome of infections are defined by molecular interactions between the host and pathogen. Research and understanding of host-pathogen interactions have grown dramatically in a post-genomic era. As such, it is now recognized that the molecular events dictating pathogen colonization, host immune responses, pathology, and disease transmission are more complicated than simple ligand-receptor interfaces between macromolecules. The wealth of transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics data generated for a wide range of infectious diseases reveal that small molecule metabolism is an integral part of disease progression. This includes manipulation of host metabolic processes by pathogens; pathogen metabolic adaptation to the hosts’ environments; and interspecies communication and signaling via small molecules; as well as the emergence of immunometabolism as a key aspect of host responses that lead to protection or pathogenesis.

This symposium will bring together scientists representing a breadth of infectious diseases and immunology research, with a collective interest in studying the metabolism of pathogens and their hosts. The goals are to: 1) provide a current and comprehensive understanding of the role of metabolism in infectious diseases; 2) highlight emerging technologies and approaches important for studying infectious disease metabolism; 3) understand how information and knowledge gained through the study of metabolism can be translated into interventions to prevent or control infectious disease; and 4) create an opportunity for the formulation of new hypotheses and collaborations.

Specific topics that will be addressed:

  • The role of immunometabolism in infectious diseases
  • Pathogen and host interactions leading to adaptation of metabolic states and processes
  • Communication and signaling via small molecule metabolites
  • Emerging technologies and translation