INITIALISE Minisymposium registration is now open

    INITIALISE Minisymposium

    26 April, 2023, at 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

    President Auditorium, Mauno Koivisto Centre, BioCity


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    Minisymposium organized by the new UTU EU-Project INITIALISE.
    INITIALISE is an EU-funded project that aims to elucidate how exposures and the genome impact gut microbiome, host immune system and metabolism, and how the interplay of these factors impact life-course health. INITIALISE aims to define the role of immune system maturation as a mediator between exposures and life-course health.


    08.30                 Coffee

    08.50                 Welcome, Matej Oresic & Riitta Lahesmaa

    09.00                 Alexandra Zhernakova, University of Groningen: Development of gut microbiota during the first year of life

    09.40                 Paul Fowler, University of Aberdeen: A SAFeR way to understand fetal human exposure risks

    10.20                 Tuulia Hyötyläinen, Örebro University: Metabolic signatures of exposome in early life

    11.00                 Lunch

    12.00                 Johnny Ludvigsson, Linköping University: Some previous and ongoing “INITIALISE-related” studies based on ABIS

    12.40                 Eric Triplett, University of Florida: Insights from ABIS as a platform to prospectively study drivers of autoimmune diseases and neurocognitive disorders: emphasis on the microbiome and metabolites

    13.20                 Mikael Knip, University of Helsinki: Heterogeneity of type 1 diabetes

    14.00                 Coffee

    14.20                 Qiushui He, University of Turku: Waning of pertussis vaccine-induced immunity and maternal immunization

    15.00                 Olli Raitakari, University of Turku: Introduction to the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study

    15.40                 Closing, Matej Oresic

    Organised by INITIALIZE, InFLAMES, MIST, IMMUNOCAP, Turku Bioscience Centre