INITIALISE Minisymposium


April 26, 2023    
8:30 am - 4:00 pm


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April 26th at 8:30-16:00
On-site event
President Auditorium, , BioCity

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.

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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 and Turku Bioscience Centre