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NIH to host workshop on Human Microbiome: Emerging Themes at the Horizon of 21st Century from August 16-18

Saturday, August 12, 2017, 17:00 Hrs  [IST]

Microbes inhabit just about every part of the human body outnumbering human cells by 10 to 1. The 10-year, National Institutes of Health Common Fund Human Microbiome Project was established to understand how microbial communities impact human development, physiology, immunity, brain development and behavior, and to create research resources for this emerging field.

On August 16-18, 2017, NIH will host a workshop, “The Human Microbiome: Emerging Themes at the Horizon of the 21st Century,” to share the latest research on the human microbiome, including how the microbiome may be manipulated to maintain or improve our health, and to evaluate what is needed to advance this field over the next decade.

Keynote speakers include Howard Ochman, Ph.D., professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin; Jeffrey Gordon, M.D., Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis; and Eric Alm, Ph.D., professor of biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. The three-day workshop will close with a joint agency panel, which includes representatives from US federal agencies participating in human microbiome research activities. Members of the press are invited to attend.


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