Environment and Health: What’s the Human Microbiome Have to Do With It?

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January 14 – 15, 2016

National Academy of Sciences Keck Center
Room 100
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

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The microbiome—the collection of bacteria, viruses and fungi living on and inside of our bodies—impacts health in many ways and can even influence our responses to environmental chemicals. Explore the intersection of the environment, the microbiome, and human health at this workshop from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Standing Committee on Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions. Participants at the workshop will discuss the latest emerging research on microbiome-environment interactions, including how the microbiome could influence responses to environmental exposures; how environmental exposures early in life could change microbiome function and affect later-life health outcomes; and a potential framework to advance research over the next decade. Held in Washington, DC and webcast, this free, 2-day workshop will bring together leading experts in environmental health, microbiology, epidemiology, and research policy. Keynote Speakers:

  • Andrew Patterson, Pennsylvania State University
  • Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, New York University
  • Matthew Redinbo, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Kun Lu, University of Georgia
  • Ian Wilson, Imperial College London
  • Martin Blaser, New York University
  • Margaret Karagas, Dartmouth College

Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Brendan McGovern, Senior Program Assistant, National Academy of Sciences, at bmcgovern@nas.edu.

This National Academy of Sciences activity is sponsored by the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).