OMIG Symposium

Oral Microbiology and Immunology Group

OMIG symposium 2021: Exploring novel molecular aspects in Oral Microbiology

In association with the National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC)

Our 2021 symposium will focus on highlighting recent advances in the molecular understanding of the oral microbiota and it’s dynamic nature (Dr Shi Qi An and Dr David Moyes) alongside exciting talks exploring molecular level detail of how bacteria live in the oral cavity.  Specifically, we have exciting talks covering aspects of microbial glycobiology (Dr Lucy Crouch) and are very pleased to welcome Professor Ben Berks from Oxford who will be telling us about the structure  and function of the novel Type IX secretion system that has changed our understanding of how bacteria secrete virulence factors and represents a potential novel drug target for periodontitis treatment.  We will also hear about how the National Biofilms Innovation Centre is supporting biofilm research in the UK.


 09:00  Introduction
 Professor Graham Stafford, OMIG President
 09:05  NBIC- introduction to activities
 Dr Shi Qi-An: University of Southampton, NBIC fellow
 09:15  "The oral microbiome: dynamic communities and interactions"
 Dr Shi Qi-An: University of Southampton, NBIC fellow
 09:45  "The oral microbial resistome"
 Dr David Moyes, Centre for Host-Microbiome Interactions, KCL, UK
 10:15  Break
 10:40  "Host glycan metabolism by human gut microbes and pathogens"
 Dr Lucy Crouch, Institute of microbiology and infection, University of Birmingham
 11:10  "The Type IX Secretion System: a mechanism for virulence factor export in dental pathogens"
 Professor Ben Berks, Dept of Biochemistry, University of Oxford
 11:55  Closing Remarks
 12:00  Lunch