The Common Fund's Human Microbiome Project (HMP) is developing research resources to enable the study of the microbial communities that live in and on our bodies and the roles they play in human health and disease.
The first phase of HMP was focused on the development of DNA sequence datasets and computational tools for characterizing the microbiome in healthy adults and in people specific microbiome-associated diseases. An Ethical, Legal and Societal Implications (ELSI) program was also created to address the new and unexplored issues which arise from human microbiome research. The second phase of HMP, integrative HMP or iHMP, is focused on creating integrated datasets of multiple biological properties from both the microbiome and the host over time in specific microbiome associated diseases. The long-term objective of iHMP is to develop datasets and tools that the community can use to evaluate which biological properties of the microbiome and host will yield important new insights in understanding human health and disease. More information about the iHMP program can be found here or by visiting the iHMP website.
The three current iHMP projects are focused on:
For more information on the Human Microbiome Project, please e-mail HMPinformation@mail.nih.gov.
This page last reviewed on October 2, 2017