The Common Fund's Human Microbiome Project (HMP) program (FY2007-2015) aims to develop tools and datasets for the research community for studying the role of these microbes in human health and disease. The first phase of HMP (FY2007-2012) characterized the composition and diversity of microbial communities which inhabit major mucosal surfaces of the human body, including nasal passages, oral cavities, skin, gastrointestinal tract, and urogenital tract, and evaluated the genetic metabolic potential of these communities. The current phase of HMP (FY2013-2015) is focused on the creation of the first integrated dataset of biological properties from both the microbiome and host from cohort studies of microbiome-associated diseases.
What is a Healthy Microbiome? New Analysis Suggests That One Size Does Not Fit All
The typical healthy person is inhabited with trillions of microbes. To better understand the role of these organisms across our body sites, we must to catalog and analyze what organisms are there and how they interact with our own cells.
Researchers Show Premature Infants Can Develop Sepsis From Gut Microbes
A research team, supported by the Human Microbiome project, have shown for the first time that gut microbes in premature infants can cause sepsis.
2015 International Human Microbiome Consortium Congress!
The 5th International Human Microbiome Congress (IHMC) will be held March 31-April 2, 2015 in Luxembourg at the LUXEXPO Exhibition and Conference Center. The 2015 Congress entitled “Future Directions for Human Microbiome Research in Health and Disease”, will feature 50 world renowned scientists and experts in wide ranging fields pertinent to researching the microbiome. The comprehensive program is expected to attract approximately 600 attendees from around the globe. Topics for the plenary sessions will address the evolutionary basis of host-microbiome symbiosis and the significance of the microbiome in human biology and evolution, state-of-the art research in the role of the microbiome in a variety of human disorders and diseases and future applications and directions for the field. Poster sessions will run throughout the 3-day Congress. Registration for this meeting is now open. Abstracts are due January 15, 2015.
For more information visit the IHMC 2015 Congress website for details about invited speakers, the scientific program, registration, student travel awards, lodging and other necessary information needed to plan your participation at IHMC2015.
The HMP DACC Releases Expansive Collection of Data
In April 2014, the HMP Data Analysis and Coordination Center (DACC) released a large amount of new sequence data from the HMP sequencing centers and the demonstration projects. This new release, in addition to previously released data, brings the total sequence data stored by the DACC to over 14 terabytes. This expansive set of data will be useful to a large global community of researchers interested in microbes that are associated with both healthy humans and those suffering from numerous conditions and diseases.
Researchers in the HMP are sampling and analyzing the genome of microbes from five sites on the human body: nasal passages, oral cavities, skin, gastrointestinal tract, and urogenital tract.
Access the HMP data:
View the genomes of 100s of HMP reference strains in Gen Bank: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/bioproject/28331
Order an HMP reference strain:http://www.beiresources.org/
View the HMP BioProjects page at NCBI with sequence and phenotype data: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genomeprj/43021
Visit the HMP Data Analysis and Coordination Center (DACC) site: