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A strong Local Organizing Committee
composed of the most renonwed
scientists and researchers in the
microbiota field.

Bonaventura Clotet
Director of the IrsiCaixa AIDS Research Institute. Head of the Infectious Diseases Department at the Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital. President of the Fight AIDS Foundation.
Chaysavanh Manichanh
Principal Investigator on the Human Microbiome research line at the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR), Barcelona.
Fernando Azpiroz
Chief of the Dept. of Digestive Diseases, University Hospital Vall d’Hebron. Professor of Medicine, Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Francisco Guarner
Senior Researcher at the Digestive System Unit, Vall d’Hebron Research Institute. International Human Microbiome Consortium Steering Committee Member. President of the Probiotics and Prebiotics Spanish Society Board. World Gastroenterology Organization Guidelines Committee Member.
José Manuel Fernández-Real
PI at Institut d’Investigació Biomèdica de Girona (IdIBGi), Girona, Spain. He was among the very first authors to propose chronic low grade inflammation in the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes, obesity and insulin resistance and iron stores as a component of the metabolic syndrome. The interplay of the microbiota with all these elements is also an important line of research. He has been recently invited to talk about his research in the Annual Meeting of the American Diabetes Association (San Francisco 2015), the Endocrine Society (Boston 2016) and the American Society of Nutrition (San Diego 2016), in addition to invited conferences in meetings from European Association for the study of Diabetes (Lisbon 2011), Endocrinology (Budapest 2012), Obesity (Sofia 2014) and Nutrition (Prague 2016). He is currently Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine (University of Girona), Director of Research in the Department of Endocrinology, and Scientific Director of the “Fat Bank”, a nation-wide Biobank specialized in adipose tissue samples. He is Principal Investigator and member of the Steering Committee of the CIBERobn, a Network of Excellence in the Research of Obesity in Spain.
Marc Noguera i Julian
Marc Noguera i Julian, Research associate on Microbial Genomics Group, IrsiCaixa AIDS Research Institute, Badalona, Spain. Associate professor at Universitat de Vic.
Mari Luz Calle
Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at the Systems Biology Department, University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia.
Maria Carmen Collado
Researcher at the Dept. Biotechnology, Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
Roger Paredes
Principal Investigator on the Microbial Genetic Group at IrsiCaixa AIDS Research Institute. Senior medical appointment at Germans Trias I Pujol University Hospital and researcher at the Fight AIDS Foundation.
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