Short review of CDDW-2016

Canadian Digestive Disease Week – 2016


This year Canadian Digestive Disease Week was held in Montreal, QC.  I, amongst other trainee researchers from Canada was honored to receive a travel award to participate in Research Topics meeting as well as at CDDW-2016. At Research Topics I had oral presentation entitled “Giardia muris protects against Citrobacter rodentium infection: effects on the inflammasomes and gut antimicrobial peptides”. I would like to note that it was very favorable environment for active discussion among trainees from a diverse area of research.


I presented my poster of distinction on day two of CDDW-2016. This scientific meeting covered different array of basic science and clinical research. We were able to attend small group sessions with experts in particular areas of investigation, a variety of talks about microbiota, fecal transplants, host-microbe interactions, etc.


The career development part of the conference was very useful. Dr. Simon Hirota from University of Calgary gave the presentation entitled: “How to get the most out of your post-doctoral fellowship.”


Attending this scientific forum was very useful for my professional development and important for my academic career. It was also a unique opportunity to establish a network of people. For example, from University of British Columbia there was a research group who works in the area of host-microbiome interaction; we have some scientific interests in common.


I would like to thank NSERC CREATE HPI for providing some of the funding that allowed me to attend this meeting.



Anna Manko,

Postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Andre G. Buret lab



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