Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit — 2014

March 8 & 9, 2014
Hilton Miami Downtown
1601 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL

Online registration is now closed.

The microbial communities that reside in the human gut and their impact on human health and diseases are an expanding area of research — full of exciting discoveries with potential medical applications. To address the most recent advances in the field, scientists and health-care professionals will come together at the Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit, which is hosted by the Gut Microbiota & Health Section of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility and the AGA Institute, with the support of Danone Dairy.

Through lectures and interactive workshops, the summit will explore the role of the human gut microbiota in digestive and overall health. Among others, the summit will address the following questions: 

  • In what way does the gut microbiota influence functional bowel disorders?
  • How is the gut microbiota involved in the development of the metabolic syndrome?
  • Can diet and probiotics have a positive effect on mental health?

Target Audience

Basic and translational researchers and fellows in training in the fields of GI biology and pathobiology.

Course Director

Gail A. Hecht, MD, MS, AGAF
Chief, Gastroenterology
Assistant Dean, Medical Student Research
Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, IL

Planning Committee

Giovanni Barbara, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of Bologna, Italy

 Joël Doré, PhD
Research Director
French Research Institute in Agricultural Sciences (INRA), Paris

Dirk Haller, PhD
Technische Universität München
Munich, Germany
Emeran A. Mayer, MD
Professor of Medicine, Physiology & Psychiatry
University of California, Los Angeles

R. Balfour Sartor, MD
Professor of Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology
UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill

Gary D. Wu, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the composition of the gut microbiota and its contribution to human health and physiology
  • To learn the factors that alter the composition of the gut microbiota
  • To provide up to date information about the potential contribution of the gut microbiome to human disease

Registration Information

Fee includes access to the summit, abstract book/folder, breakfasts*, coffeee breaks, welcome reception on Friday, lunch on Saturday and Sunday and dinner on Saturday*.

*Breakfasts and dinner served at the Hilton as part of the summit

Affiliation will be checked during the registration process. Registration Fee1
ESNM/AGA Member or Gut Microbiota & Health Section Member $435 (€320)
Nonmember $950 (€700)

1VAT included

Not an AGA member? Submit a completed membership application with your course registration and pay the AGA member rate.

Refund Policy

A written cancellation request must be faxed to AGA Member Services at 301-272-1774, or emailed to, by Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. There is a $50 processing fee for cancellations received on or before Feb. 21. Refunds will be processed upon cancellation, minus fee. Cancellations received after the stated deadline and "no shows", will not be issued a refund.

Cancellation Policy for Complimentary Registration

Cancellation of complimentary registration must be made by Feb. 21, 2014. Cancellations made after this date, as well as “no-shows,” will be assessed a $50 cancellation fee.


Hotel reservation deadline is Feb. 14, 2014.

Hilton Miami Downtown
1601 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132
Phone: 305-374-0000
Fax: 305-714-3811

Room rate: $199 single/double, plus tax
Reservations: 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667)

Make your reservation by calling the number provided above. Be sure to mention that you are attending the Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit to receive the discounted rate. Individual reservations require a credit card guarantee. Reservations can be cancelled 24 hours prior to arrival without penalty.


Quadrature Travel, official travel agency and partner of the GMFH summit, would like to offer you assistance with making travel arrangements. To book your flight with the agency, please contact Isabelle Legac:

CME Information

The AGA Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

The AGA Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 9 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Additional Information

For questions or concerns regarding registration, contact Health Quadrature at

Contact Sandara Megally at for all summit-related questions.

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