University Medical Center Utrecht
Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology
Wouter de Steenhuijsen Piters, MD PhD, is a full-time post-doctoral researcher at the UMCU with a clinical background as a medical resident in paediatrics (2012/2013) and lung medicine (2018/2019). He studies the infant respiratory tract bacterial communities (‘microbiota’) in the context of the host immune system and the impact of host-microbial interactions on respiratory infection susceptibility. His awards include the poster award at the Next Generation Immunology EMBO congress held at the prestigious Weizmann Institute (Rehovot, Israel) and the Eijkman-Winkler Institute Award for Excellence in Science and Presentation (University of Utrecht). He was awarded cum laude for his PhD-thesis for adapting and applying novel data-analysis tools to help answering clinically relevant questions (University of Utrecht, 2018). Over the years, he has been an invited speaker at multiple (national and international) conferences. His current work focusses on the early-life development of microbiota and immune system in the context of viral infections and host factors.

Moderator Of 1 Session

Session Type
Meet-the-Expert Session
Date
Wed, 22.06.2022
Session Time
13:45 - 14:45
Room
Grand Ballroom East
Session Description
Respiratory tract infection susceptibility differs between individuals and is impacted by the resident airway microbiota. In this meet-the-expert session we explore the infant airway microbiota development over time and in relation to infection susceptibility. In addition, we discuss the impact of the airway microbiota on pneumococcal colonization patterns. Appropriate study design and study execution are essential to (respiratory) microbiota studies. Therefore, we will interactively discuss important considerations when designing/executing studies that include the characterization of the respiratory microbiota.

Please note: All MTE sessions are designed to encourage active learning and to concentrate on close interaction between audience and speakers. The MTE session organisers have provided at least 15 minutes for active discussions in their agenda.

Presenter Of 2 Presentations

Interactive discussion with the audience on implications for study design/execution and laboratory procedures of the airway microbiota (ID 960)

Session Type
Meet-the-Expert Session
Date
Wed, 22.06.2022
Session Time
13:45 - 14:45
Room
Grand Ballroom East
Lecture Time
14:10 - 14:25

Interactive discussion with the audience on what this means for their research program (ID 961)

Session Type
Meet-the-Expert Session
Date
Wed, 22.06.2022
Session Time
13:45 - 14:45
Room
Grand Ballroom East
Lecture Time
14:25 - 14:40