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Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia | Finnish Academy of Science and Letters | Academia Scientiarum Fennica

Seminar "The gut microbiome, from health to disease: revisiting the Koch’s postulates" with Philippe Sansonetti

Prof. Philippe Sansonetti, one of Europe’s leading microbiologists, will give a lecture on 25 June 2019 at 3pm at the House of the Estates (Säätytalo) in Helsinki. The event is open to the public but pre-registration is required. Welcome!

Date and time  
Tuesday, 25 June at 3pm to 5pm

House of the Estates, Säätytalo (Snellmaninkatu 9-11, Helsinki)

The event is open to the public but pre-registration is required. Places are limited so we would like to encourage you to register as soon as possible at



The seminar will address the new world of the microbiota and how it is affecting our vision on host-microbe interactions in health and disease.It will also address the ism of causality in the relationship between altered microbiota and a series of epidemic, "post-modern", not communicable diseases. Hence the needto revisit Koch’s postulates. Download the flyer.

The seminar is organised in the framework of the cooperation between the Institut Français de Finlande, the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters and the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.

Prof. Sansonetti will give a lecture followed by a panel discussion on the importance of health research:
Prof. Philippe Sansonetti (Institut Pasteur / Collège de France)
Prof. Mikael Knip, Finnish Society for Sciences and Letters
THL representative (tbd)
Director Laura Raaska, Academy of Finland (tbc)
Moderation: Finnish Academy for Science and Letters (tbd)


Philippe Sansonetti is Professor and head of the Unité de Pathogénie Microbienne Moléculaire at the Pasteur Institute of Paris and chair of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the Collège de France. Professor Sansonetti qualified in medicine from the University of Paris in 1979. Following clinical work in France, he established his research career at Institut Pasteur in cellular microbiology and the pathogenesis of enteric infections, particularly Shigella, including vaccine development, and more recently the molecular crosstalks between microbiota and gut epithelium. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the Louis Jeantet Prize and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholarship. He was awarded two successive ERC (European Research Council) grants. He is currently Chief Editor of EMBO Molecular Medicine. Philippe Sansonetti is a member of the French Academy of Science, US National Academy of Science and the Royal Society.

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