Anaerobe 2021: The Microbiota and Beyond – a view from Twitter

Posted on July 23, 2021   by Alex Kubiakowska-Welch

The Microbiology Society’s second Focused Meeting of the year, Anaerobe 2021: The Microbiota and Beyond, took place digitally on 15–16 July 2021. The aim of the event was to provide clinical microbiologists, infectious disease researchers and specialists with insights into the current and future impact of anaerobic bacteria in human health and disease. Here, we look back on the two-day event with a view from Twitter.

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Day one

Professor Sheila Patrick (Queen’s University Belfast, UK) welcomed registered delegates to the meeting with an opening address. It was then time to commence the first session of the event, which focused on the topic of ‘The Bacteroidetes in health and disease’.

Firstly, Dr Susan Butler-Wu (University of Southern California, USA) presented her talk titled ‘Hiding in plain sight: Bacteroides fragilis, a sometimes lethal pathogen from the GI tract’.

Followed by a talk from Professor Mike Curtis (Kings College London, UK) which examined the evidence for a Porphyromonas gingivalis mediated connection between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s Disease and the potential of small molecule inhibitors of gingipains as a treatment for neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s Disease.


We were thrilled to see some new faces joining one of the Microbiology Society’s events…

…including invited speaker’s Dr Robert Fagan’s new arrival and assistant!

Talks continued on the topic of ‘The Bacteroidetes in health and disease’.

And before long it was time for our first Poster Session of the event, followed by some networking…

…before some final reflections from day one of the event.

Day 2

The second day of the Focused Meeting included three core sessions which focused on Clostridioides difficile, and other Clostridia, Microbiota and Fusobacteria.

Delegates settled themselves in for another busy day of sessions and exciting talks.

Before hearing from invited speakers which included Dr Lindsay Hall (Technical University of Munich, Germany and the Quadram Institute, UK)

Ahead of the second poster session of the event, poster presenters shared their excitement.

And it was lovely to see some great feedback from delegates who attended the event…

…but for some of our attendees, it was just all too much!

Thank you to all our invited speakers, presenters and delegates who made the Anaerobe 2021: The Microbiota and Beyond Focused Meeting a great success, and to our organising committee for making the event happen.