Animal Microbiome USA 2019 | Kisaco Research
Manipulating the livestock microbiome to promote health and improve feed efficiency.
Kansas City, MO
13-14 March, 2019
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Why Attend

“In 2050 the world will require 100% more food and 70% of this must come from efficiency improvements.” - International Feed Industry Federation

Following recent bans and restrictions on the use of antibiotic growth promotors in animal feed in both the E.U. and the U.S., a huge movement to find their alternatives has begun. With evidence emerging to support the beneficial effects of microbiome manipulation through prebiotics, probiotics, and other alternative strategies, it is more important than ever to form collaborations to explore how to translate research into commercially viable products, to promote health and improve feed efficiency of livestock animals.

“International feed tonnage has exceeded 1 billion metric tons for the second consecutive year, with a total of 1.07 billion metric tons of feed produced in 2017” - The 2018 Alltech Global Feed Survey

The Animal Microbiome Congress will bring together leading experts  including veterinary researchers, animal producers, food retailers, feed and strain manufacturers and animal nutrition and pharmaceutical companies, to showcase unpublished and translatable research, changing consumer priorities, and evidence-based case studies from emerging biotech companies.

150+
Delegates
50:50
Ratio of Academics - Industry
30+
Leading Top Speakers
3
Animal Fields Covered - Cattle, Swine, and Poultry
10
Hours of Dedicated Networking

Who Will Be There

18%
Veterinary Researchers
20%
Animal Producers
15%
Strain Manufacturers
20%
Animal Nutrition Companies
10%
Animal Pharmaceutical Companies
7%
Food Retailers
10%
Biotechs

Veterinary Researchers

Animal Producers

Strain Manufacturers

Animal Nutrition Companies

Animal Pharmaceutical Companies

Food Retailers

Biotechs

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Sunday, October 7, 2018 to Friday, December 7, 2018
Academic rate
$699
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Sunday, October 7, 2018 to Friday, December 7, 2018
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Must be under 3 years in operations
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$1,899
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Animal breeders and producers
Feed manufacturers
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Animal Health companies
Sunday, October 7, 2018 to Friday, December 7, 2018
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The Speakers

 

Hyun Lillehoj

Research Immunologist
USDA-ARS

Hyun Lillehoj

Research Immunologist
USDA-ARS
 

Oliver Hardcastle

Junior Partner
Stonehaven Consulting

Oliver Hardcastle is a business consultant with global experience in the Pharmaceutical sector. He previously spent 7 years working for Novartis, holding a broad range of positions in the Animal Health Division including roles in European Key Account Management, Global Brand Management and Strategic Planning. He went on to support Integration Planning in the sale of Novartis Animal Health to Eli Lilly & Co, Elanco Animal Health where he continued as an Operations Consultant in the Elanco Integration Management Office before joining Stonehaven Consulting AG in 2015.

Oliver Hardcastle

Junior Partner
Stonehaven Consulting

Oliver Hardcastle is a business consultant with global experience in the Pharmaceutical sector. He previously spent 7 years working for Novartis, holding a broad range of positions in the Animal Health Division including roles in European Key Account Management, Global Brand Management and Strategic Planning. He went on to support Integration Planning in the sale of Novartis Animal Health to Eli Lilly & Co, Elanco Animal Health where he continued as an Operations Consultant in the Elanco Integration Management Office before joining Stonehaven Consulting AG in 2015. Oliver was made Junior Partner in 2016 and works with a portfolio of international clients to develop leading strategy.

Oliver has a background in science, having started his career working as a Biologist for a Scottish aquaculture company. Originally from Wales, United Kingdom, he holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Science from the University of Cardiff.

 

Todd Callaway

Assistant Professor
University of Georgia

Todd Callaway

Assistant Professor
University of Georgia
 

Bruce Taillon

Director External Innovation
Elanco

Bruce Taillon

Director External Innovation
Elanco
 

Mike Kogut

Research Microbiologist
USDA-ARS

Mike Kogut

Research Microbiologist
USDA-ARS
 

Megan Niederwerder

Assistant Professor
Kansas State University

Megan Niederwerder

Assistant Professor
Kansas State University
 

Professor Curtis Huttenhower

Associate Professor of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Harvard School of Public Health

Talk to me about… your research

Professor Curtis Huttenhower

Associate Professor of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Harvard School of Public Health

Talk to me about… your research

I am a Professor in Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an Associate Member at the Broad Institute.  I participated extensively in the NIH Human Microbiome Project and co-leads the "HMP2" Center for Characterizing the gut microbial ecosystem in IBD and the Human Microbiome Bioactives Resource.  My  lab focuses on computational methods for functional analysis of microbial communities.  This includes systems biology reconstructions integrating metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, and other microbial community 'omics, the human microbiome in autoimmune disease such as IBD, and its potential as a biomarker and route for therapeutic intervention.

 

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I'm a happy kitty parent, most recently of two new kittens who (like human babies) have as yet to learn to sleep through the night. I wish I had as much energy as they do!

 

Dr. Garret Suen

Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Garret Suen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He studies how symbiotic microbes within ruminants impact their host production in addition to using the rumen ecosystem as a model for the production of biofuels. He utilizes numerous “omics” approaches to study microbiomes including amplicon sequencing, shotgun metagenomics, RNA-seq, and metaproteomics. Dr. Suen received a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and a B.Sc. in Computer Sciences from the University of Calgary, Canada.

Dr. Garret Suen

Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Garret Suen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He studies how symbiotic microbes within ruminants impact their host production in addition to using the rumen ecosystem as a model for the production of biofuels. He utilizes numerous “omics” approaches to study microbiomes including amplicon sequencing, shotgun metagenomics, RNA-seq, and metaproteomics. Dr. Suen received a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and a B.Sc. in Computer Sciences from the University of Calgary, Canada. He also obtained a M.Sc. in Computer Sciences from the University of Calgary, Canada, where he focused on developing agent-based algorithms based on swarming behaviour in ants. He received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University, USA from the laboratory of Roy Welch where he worked on the swarming bacterium Myxococcus xanthus. He then completed post-doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA in the laboratory of Cameron Currie where he published the first metagenome and genome sequence for the leaf-cutter ant Atta cephalotes.

 

 

Vincent Fischetti

Professor and Head of Lab
The Rockefeller University

Vincent Fischetti

Professor and Head of Lab
The Rockefeller University
 

Roderick Mackie

Professor of Animal Sciences
University of Illinois

As is evident from my publications and experience, I am an expert in microbial ecology and physiology of the gut of both animals and humans having worked in this field for 45 years. This includes experience with both classical cultivation based anaerobic techniques as well as modern cultivation independent molecular ecology and genomic approaches to the study of physiology, metabolism and ecology of the normal intestinal microbiota.

Roderick Mackie

Professor of Animal Sciences
University of Illinois

As is evident from my publications and experience, I am an expert in microbial ecology and physiology of the gut of both animals and humans having worked in this field for 45 years. This includes experience with both classical cultivation based anaerobic techniques as well as modern cultivation independent molecular ecology and genomic approaches to the study of physiology, metabolism and ecology of the normal intestinal microbiota. We have used a range of different molecular techniques to study population structure and function, most recently Next Generation 16S rRNA based pyrosequencing and RNA-Seq approaches. I try to use functional approaches to determine mechanisms for presence, activity and function of genes and genomes in gut systems.

 

Mike Salter

R and D Facilitator
AB Agri Ltd

Mike Salter is a high level innovator and idea generator specialising in bridging the gap between academic research and translation of that research to create business opportunities.

Mike Salter

R and D Facilitator
AB Agri Ltd

Mike Salter is a high level innovator and idea generator specialising in bridging the gap between academic research and translation of that research to create business opportunities.

Currently I work for AB Agri at Board level to identify new areas of innovation, drive innovation forward, co-ordinate research effort across different business units and identify sources of research funding via collaboration with other businesses and government funding bodies. I sit on the BBSRC/NERC SARIC funding panel as the AB Agri representative, the BBSRC Agriculture and Food Security Strategic Advisory Panel as an industrial advisor and the NERC Innovation Advisory Board as an industrial advisor. 

Prior to AB Agri I was a key player in the establishment of a synthetic biology team being responsible for the design and management of a new build laboratory complex. This included the purchasing of capital equipment, managing the capital expenditure budget, initiating and managing health and safety policy for the team and managing biological safety. 

I returned to commercial work following a 20 year period in academic research where I rose to the position of associate professor running an independent research group and teaching undergraduate and post graduate students. I am a specialist in molecular analysis techniques and have a number of significant publications from my research work. 

 

Andres Gomez

Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota

Andres Gomez

Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota
 

Anthony Sabatelli

Biotech & Pharmaceutical Patent Attorney
Dilworth IP

Anthony Sabatelli

Biotech & Pharmaceutical Patent Attorney
Dilworth IP
 

Brian Oakley

Associate Professor
Western University of Health Sciences

I am a microbial ecologist interested in tackling important problems at the interface of basic and applied research.  The revolution in high-throughput DNA sequencing has conclusively demonstrated the importance of microbial communities for life on earth.

Brian Oakley

Associate Professor
Western University of Health Sciences

I am a microbial ecologist interested in tackling important problems at the interface of basic and applied research.  The revolution in high-throughput DNA sequencing has conclusively demonstrated the importance of microbial communities for life on earth.  Microbial ecology cuts across many fields and I have applied the tools and techniques of microbial ecology to disciplines ranging from oceanography to human and animal health.  My graduate training combined classical and microbial ecology but I only considered myself a microbiologist after working in the Microbiology Department of the University of Washington, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the University of Warwick.  Four years as a research microbiologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service gave me first-hand knowledge of the poultry industry and a chance to apply the tools and techniques of microbial ecology to veterinary microbiology.  Most of the current focus of my research is on the poultry microbiome and its relationships to food safety, infectious disease, and poultry nutrition.  Our standard toolkit combines field work with classical microbiology, microscopy, quantitative PCR, high-throughput 16S rRNA sequencing, metagenomics, and associated bioinformatics.  We are currently funded through several intramural mechanisms, extramural grants, and industry partnerships.

 

Tim McAllister

Principle Scientist Research
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Dr. Tim McAllister grew up on his parents’ cow/calf farm in Innisfail, AB. He obtained a B.Sc. (Agr) and M.Sc. from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and a Ph.D. (with distinction) in ruminant nutrition and microbiology from the University of Guelph, ON. He accepted an NSERC post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary in 1991, and joined Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge, AB in 1992. Dr. McAllister has been a research scientist in Rumen Microbiology, Feed and Nutrition since 1997.

Tim McAllister

Principle Scientist Research
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Dr. Tim McAllister grew up on his parents’ cow/calf farm in Innisfail, AB. He obtained a B.Sc. (Agr) and M.Sc. from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and a Ph.D. (with distinction) in ruminant nutrition and microbiology from the University of Guelph, ON. He accepted an NSERC post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary in 1991, and joined Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge, AB in 1992. Dr. McAllister has been a research scientist in Rumen Microbiology, Feed and Nutrition since 1997. His research focuses on microbiology, nutrition and beef production and on food and environmental safety issues related to livestock production, strategies for mitigation of Escherichia coli O157:H7, prion inactivation within the environment, and more recently, studies of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria in feedlots. He also has extensive research experience in GHG emissions within animals from manure and the impact of manure handling procedures, such as composting, on emissions. Dr. McAllister has conducted research to examine microbiological and nutritional approaches for mitigating ruminal methanogenesis, and emission of nitrous oxide and methane during composting, using strategies including the use of plant extracts, methanogen inhibitors and dietary formulations to limit methane production. He is the author or co-author of over 520 peer-reviewed scientific papers and 60 reviews, as well as 800 abstracts and conference proceedings, and over 100 final reports for collaborative research projects. Dr. McAllister has been recognized internationally for his leadership role and significant contributions to agricultural research and innovation in the areas of ruminant nutrition/microbiology and molecular biology as they apply to animal health, environmental health and food quality for the benefit of the agricultural industry in Alberta, Canada, and beyond.

 

Cyril Gay

National Programme Leader
USDA-ARS

Cyril Gay

National Programme Leader
USDA-ARS
 

Mansel Griffiths

Chief Scientific Officer
Microsintesis

Mansel Griffiths

Chief Scientific Officer
Microsintesis
 

Mahmoud Ghannoum

Co-Founder
BIOHM Health

Mahmoud Ghannoum

Co-Founder
BIOHM Health
 

Charles Li

Veterinary Medical Officer
USDA-ARS

Charles Li

Veterinary Medical Officer
USDA-ARS
 

John Parkinson

Professor
University of Toronto

John Parkinson

Professor
University of Toronto
 

Jordon Gruber

Global Technical Marketing Leader
DuPont

Jordon Gruber

Global Technical Marketing Leader
DuPont
 

Eric Diller

Assistant Professor
University of Toronto

Eric Diller

Assistant Professor
University of Toronto
 

John Gregg

CEO
Balinbac Therapeutics

John Gregg

CEO
Balinbac Therapeutics
 

Leluo Guan

Professor, Life, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
University of Alberta

Dr. Guan is currently a Professor at the University of Alberta in the area of functional genomics. BSc of Microbiology from Wuhan University, China and MSc and PhD from Kyoto University of Japan, she has over 20 years of experience in the area of functional genomics, molecular biology and microbial ecology. Her main Areas of Research include 1).

Leluo Guan

Professor, Life, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
University of Alberta

Dr. Guan is currently a Professor at the University of Alberta in the area of functional genomics. BSc of Microbiology from Wuhan University, China and MSc and PhD from Kyoto University of Japan, she has over 20 years of experience in the area of functional genomics, molecular biology and microbial ecology. Her main Areas of Research include 1). Elucidation of the molecular mechanisms of host-microbial interactions by characterization of bovine gut microbial ecology and its functions using metagenomics/metatranscriptomics approaches, and host gene expression using a functional genomics approach 2). Association between gut microbial ecology and feed efficiency, methane emission and gut immunity development in beef and dairy cattle 3). Study of the bovine transcriptome, proteome, and non-coding microRNAs and their roles in economically important traits Elucidation of molecular regulatory mechanisms of various economically important traits and the potential to provide knowledge and technology to improve animal production and health are the long-term goals of her research program.

To date, she has developed a research program that has been recognized as one of the leading programs for the rumen microbiome, bovine functional genomics, and host-microbial interactions in cattle in Canada. Her lab has been the first to link the ruminal microbial structure with variation in feed intake, feed efficiency processes, and methane emission. These results provide clues to ways for improving physiological processes in the rumen in that it is necessary to characterize and manipulate the dynamic structures of ruminal microbes rather than focusing only on individual species of microorganisms. Her research program examines host microbial interactions in cattle, and the mechanisms of host regulatory mechanisms (functional genomics) in response to environmental or treatment factors. This has implications beyond improving animal production (feed efficiency) and health, as it can also improve farm environments (greenhouse gas production) and food safety (food borne pathogen shedding) and yield benefits for animal and human health. To date, Dr. Guan has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers.

 

 

Stephen Collett

Poultry Consultant
4FC Consulting

Stephen Collett

Poultry Consultant
4FC Consulting
 

Xandra Smith

Research Manager
Arm & Hammer

My career path has led me to not only travel extensively, but has allowed me to develop the competencies that I need in order to successfully develop new microbial products. An initial interest in becoming a Park Ranger was thwarted by my Dad, who much wiser than me (and not wanting to support a grown daughter) suggested I include sciences other than Botany and Zoology into my curriculum.

Xandra Smith

Research Manager
Arm & Hammer

My career path has led me to not only travel extensively, but has allowed me to develop the competencies that I need in order to successfully develop new microbial products. An initial interest in becoming a Park Ranger was thwarted by my Dad, who much wiser than me (and not wanting to support a grown daughter) suggested I include sciences other than Botany and Zoology into my curriculum. I chose microbiology and was soon fascinated by the complexity of the microbial world especially when I had the chance to study anaerobic fungi, a small part of the complex microbiota of the rumen, essential for digestion in ruminants, as an Honors project. An internship at the Laboratory for Microbial Ecology at the University of Gent, Belgium cemented my interest in microbial ecology. My official research career started at the Agriculture Research Council in South Africa where I became proficient in anaerobic microbiological culture and fermentations, while developing a probiotic product (now commercially available in the United States) to prevent ruminal acidosis in cattle. Knowing how the diet has a profound effect on the microbiota in the gut I chose to study a Ph.D.at the University of Illinois to determine how the microbiota adapt to and metabolize plant secondary compounds. Acaciella (Acacia) angustissima was the chosen shrub as it develops biomass rapidly, has high protein content, but was deleterious to sheep when fed at high levels. Evaluation of its toxic effects in rats determined that the main anti-nutritional compounds were proanthocyanidin polyphenolics (condensed tannins). There were profound changes in gut microbiota and phenolic metabolites in the urine when the condensed tannins were purified and fed at non-physiological levels to the rats indicating that the bacteria able to modify these compounds are naturally present at low levels in the gut. I then went on to Postdoc at Southwestern Medical Center to gain an understanding of protein expression in bacteria to determine how genes of interest are turned on when needed. In 2007 I returned to gut microbiology as Ruminant Research director at Agtech Products. Here we used our competence in microbial ecology to understand the complex interactions between microbes and their environment in order to develop microbial solutions for both food and feed applications. Probiotics to reduce scours in calves, increase milk production in dairy cows and reduce methane in beef cattle were developed in this time. In order to better understand the mode of action of the bacterial products developed we sequenced the genomes and studied the genetic pathways unique to the chosen probiotic strains. Danisco, which in turn was acquired by DuPont, purchased Agtech Products in 2008. Study of microbial communities and the unique genetic capabilities of bacterial strains were expanded to other areas within DuPont when the Genomics and Ecology of Microbes team was established in 2011. My team’s focus was to use next generation sequencing to assemble and mine genomes of commercially relevant bacteria and to determine the microbial diversity in food, intestines and soil in order to use this information for new product development. This focus was continued as a co-owner of Agro BioSciences in 2013, which was acquired by Church and Dwight (Arm and Hammer Animal Nutrition) in May 2017. My chosen career has led me to use molecular tools to understand the diversity and functional capabilities of bacteria in the gut and their response to dietary components, but more importantly to determine ways to use the knowledge gained to manipulate the ecosystem for improved functionality and thereby host health. 

 

Stephen Felson

National Director of Franchise Operations
BURGERFI

Stephen Felson

National Director of Franchise Operations
BURGERFI
 

Sungtaek Oh

Post-Doctorate Fellow
USDA-ARS

Sungtaek Oh

Post-Doctorate Fellow
USDA-ARS
 

Christopher Belnap

CEO and Co-Founder
Resilient Biotics

Christopher Belnap

CEO and Co-Founder
Resilient Biotics
 

Scott Carter

Chief Scientific Officer
Anizome

Scott Carter

Chief Scientific Officer
Anizome

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