three images of microbes, a human digestive system and a human brain
Hosted by: Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center (GLMC)

Invited Speakers

John F. Cryan, PhD

Vice-President for Research and Innovation, APC Microbiome Ireland; Professor and Chair, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University College Cork, Ireland

Margaret J. McFall-Ngai, PhD

Faculty Associate, Biology and Biological Engineering, Caltech

Ivan Vujkovic-Cvijin, PhD

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences and Medicine, Cedars-Sinai

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This meeting is free but registration is required.

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Call for Abstracts

The Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center (GLMC) invites you to submit your abstracts for poster presentations at their first Annual Symposium. 

  • DEADLINE: FRIDAY, March 22, 2024
  • Poster competition 
    • $500 first prize*
    • $250 second prize*
  • Any research involving the microbiome are welcome (e.g. humans, animals, environment). 
  • Poster session is in person only at CNSI on Thursday, April 4, 2024 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.
  • Abstracts presented at or submitted to local, regional or national meetings during the past year are acceptable
  • Abstract preparation and submission instructions are described below

*In accordance with university policy, awards are in the form of travel vouchers which can be used for work-related travel reimbursement. The competition is open only to UCLA students and personnel.

Abstract Preparation Instructions

  • Format abstract using a word processing program such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs with 3,500 character limit.
  • For special characters such as Greek or algebraic, use a standard font such as 'Arial' or 'Times New Roman'. Do not use the 'Symbol' font. Otherwise, please spell it out.
  • Use standard abbreviations. When using abbreviations for chemical compounds, spell out in full the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Do not abbreviate compounds in the title of the abstract.
  • Up to 2 figures/tables are permitted 
  • Include abstract title, names of all authors and the institutional affiliations for all authors (not counted toward character limit)
  • You may present your abstract/poster on both days if your research involves both the microbiome AND gender/sex differences. 
  • All abstracts are automatically entered into the poster competition. You must be present during the poster session so judges can speak with you.
  • Submit abstracts to Cathy Liu at

About The Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center at UCLA

The Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center at UCLA (GLMC) serves as a nexus for innovative interdisciplinary research into host-associated microbiomes, the diverse communities of microorganisms that inhabit humans, animals, and plants to profoundly impact their fundamental biology and health.

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