About the Conference

The 6th International Human Microbiome Consortium Congress | Location: Hilton Americas Hotel

Location: Hilton Americas Hotel

Dear friends, colleagues, and fellow metagenomics scientists and physician scientists:

We are pleased to welcome you to the 6th International Human Microbiome Consortium (IHMC) congress! As you are all aware, this is a gathering that we look forward to with anticipation and great joy every two years. It is where many of us were first exposed to microbiome science and metagenomics medicine, and where we have presented our premier work. I recall fondly our gatherings in Shenzhen, Vancouver, Paris, Hangzhou, and Luxembourg, where we had the opportunity to first hear of the landmark observations from MetaHIT, HMP, and each of our laboratories and clinical or translational research programs. I recognize what an incredible impact IHMC has made on the direction and amplitude of our groups’ translational research, and know it has done the same for many of you.

Although the IHMC initiated its congress meetings nearly 9 years ago, and has stood proudly as the first and foremost microbiome and metagenomics meeting in the past decade, this will be the first opportunity we have gathered in the U.S.—and let me tell you, we are ready to celebrate Texas style!

In the tradition of cutting edge, high impact science that the IHMC is known for, we will once again welcome the leaders and innovators in this field of microbiome and metagenomics science at our 2016 IHMC Congress in Houston, November 9-11, 2016. Our congress will focus on three questions: How has this field of microbiome science and metagenomics medicine advanced so rapidly, and where did it really arise from? How does the microbiome influence the human host, both in health and disease? How does the human host influence the microbiome membership and function? You can find our program and speakers on the web site at IHMC2016.org.

Please come join us to hear about outstanding work from every corner of the globe, encourage your mentees and colleagues to do the same, and join us. We promise you a warm Texas welcome, lots of superb science and translational medicine, collegiality and collaborative opportunities with the leaders in our field, and some good old fun!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or ways I can help enable you to join us!

All the best and looking forward to our gathering,



Kjersti Aagaard, MD PhD

Program and Meeting Chair, IHMC 2016

Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital



Scientific Advisory Committee

Kjersti Aagaard, M.D., Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine


Peer Bork, Ph.D.
European Molecular Biology Laboratory Heidelberg


Dusko Ehrlich, Ph.D.


Francisco Guarner, M.D., Ph.D.
University Hospital Vall d’Hebron


Lanjuan Li, M.D.
Zhejiang University


Mark Morrison, Ph.D.
University of Queensland


Karen Nelson, Ph.D.
J Craig Venter Institute


Oluf Pederson, M.D.
University of Copenhagen


Lita Proctor, Ph.D.
National Institutes of Health


Bhagi Singh, Ph.D.
University of Western Ontario


James Versalovic, M.D., Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Texas Children's Hospital


George Weinstock, Ph.D.
The Jackson Laboratory


Owen White, Ph.D.
University of Maryland


Paul Wilmes, Ph.D.
University of Luxembourg


Charlie Xiang, Ph.D.
Zhejiang University


Liping Zhao, Ph.D.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University