Keystone Symposia on Role of the Genital Tract Microbiome in Sexual and Reproductive Health

Event Information

Meeting Type: Audio On Demand
Meeting Website: http://www.keystonesymposia.org/19S6
Dates: December 11 - 15, 2018
Location: Cape Town , United States
Intended Audience: Basic Scientist, Clinical Scientist, Early Career, In Training, Media, Physician or Advanced Practice Professional
Sponsor: Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology
Purpose: Education, Scientific
Number of CME Credits Offered: None

Topics: Development, Female Reproductive Health and Biology, Male Reproductive Health and Biology

Description: 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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