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Metablomics Highlight

The NIH Common Fund’s Metabolomics program aims to increase national capacity in metabolomics by supporting the development of next generation technologies to enhance the sensitivity and speed with which specific elements of the cellular metabolome can be identified and quantified, providing training and mentoring opportunities, increasing the inventory of chemically identifiable metabolites through the synthesis and availability of high quality reference standards, and by promoting data sharing and collaboration. Learn more here

Program Highlights

Molecular structures of norcocaine and metoclopramideNew Metabolomics Software Improves Data Analysis and Integration.  Dr. Oliver Fiehn and colleagues have developed a new set of tools for analyzing and interpreting metabolomics data.  Read more about this research.  

Metabolomics Study Highlights Potential Early Warning Signs for Diabetes-Related Complications.  A new study supported by the Metabolomics program shows how metabolomics can be used to detect possible health consequences associated with Diabetes.  Learn more about this exciting research.

Common Fund Supports Training for Incorporation of Metabolomics into Research Studies. Dr. Stephen Barnes and colleagues have published two recent papers describing the range of training offered at the Common Fund-supported workshop on metabolomics held annually at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Learn more about these papers and the training they detail here.

Metabolomics Reveals New Cross-Talk between Tumors and Surrounding Cells. A team of researchers has recently collaborated with one of the NIH Common Fund’s Metabolomics Cores to uncover a new mechanism by which tumor cells obtain the nutrients they need to grow. Read more about this exciting research.

Features of the Metabolomics Workbench highlighted in a recent publication
A new publication highlights the Metabolomics Workbench, created by the Metabolomics Program’s Data Repository and Coordination Center, and describes how to access resources from the Metabolomics Program. For additional information and to read a brief description of the research article.

Learn more about the Metabolomics Community


Metabolomics has been approved for stage II

The NIH Common Fund Metabolomics Program has been approved for a second stage of support from fiscal years 2018-2021. In the second stage of the program, Common Fund will continue to support the development of resources that catalyze the effective use of metabolomics in basic and translational biomedical research. Investments in the second phase will focus on establishing a robust national repository for metabolomics data with the goal of making all NIH-supported metabolomics data publicly accessible and available for reuse; developing new computational tools to facilitate the analysis and interpretation of complex metabolomics data sets; and supporting projects to expedite unknown metabolite identification.


Common Fund Metabolomics Grantees Presenting at Ohio State University Conference.  The Ohio State University will host the Inaugural Conference on Food and Nutritional Metabolomics and the 14th Annual Ohio Mass Spectrometry Symposium from May 17-18, 2017.  While this is not a Common Fund supported event, many consortium members will be presenting their data and it is a great opportunity to learn more about ongoing metabolomics research. More information about the conference and how to register can be found here.

The Southeast Center for Integrated Metabolomics (SECIM) Resource Core is presenting a two-day symposium from May 2-3, 2017.  The two-day symposium will review the basics of metabolomics, while showcasing the application of metabolomics in a variety of fields. The event is appropriate for graduate students, technicians, postdocs and faculty new to the field.  To find out more information about the symposium and to register visit here.

The Michigan Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Core (MRC2) is presenting a four-day workshop from May 8-11, 2017.  This workshop is intended for investigators seeking a solid foundation to expand their research using metabolomics.  For more information about the fifth-annual MRC2 workshop, please visit their website.

Metabolomics Investigator Named a Rising Star by the American Chemical Society.  Dr. Erin Baker, a researcher supported by the Common Fund Metabolomics program, recently received one of six Rising Star awards from the Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society.  More information on Dr. Baker’s research and the Rising Star award can be found here.  Congratulations Dr. Baker!

Importance of Metabolomics to the Precision Medicine Initiative. A recent paper from the Precision Medicine and Pharmacometabolomics Task Group of the Metabolomics Society highlights how metabolomics can help support and enhance precision medicine efforts such as the NIH’s new PMI Cohort Program. The metabolomics community believes that by including more metabolic data in medical initiatives, we will gain better insight into disease progression, disease subtypes, and drug responsiveness. To read the entire report click here.

The Common Fund Supports Online Training Resources in Metabolomics.  A variety of metabolomics training and education materials are now available on the Metabolomics Workbench.  Training media include tutorials, videocasts, and workshop materials from Common Fund supported laboratories. This material extends from general metabolomics introductions to advanced metabolomics techniques and technologies.  There is also a Common Fund-supported online course:  Metabolomics in Medicine, developed by Martin Kohlmeier at the University of North Carolina. 

Learn more about the strengths of each NIH-funded metabolomics resource core here!

Nominations now being accepted for metabolite standards to be synthesized by the NIH’s Common Fund Metabolomics program. Read More . . . 

The NIH Common Fund Metabolomics Program supports international data sharing through the MetabolomeXchange.

In April 2014, representatives from Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and the United States NIH Common Fund Metabolomics program met to discuss an international data exchange in metabolomics. The participants agreed to create a portal that would provide a network of coordinated and freely accessible metabolomics data collected from repositories around the world. As a result of this meeting and in collaboration with the European Bioinformatics Institute, the MetabolomeXchange was launched as an international index of freely accessible metabolomics data from around the world. As of August 2016 nearly 500 datasets are now available at http://metabolomexchange.org/ from three different repositories including the Common Fund Metabolomics Workbench.
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For Metabolomics Data and Resources visit the Metabolomics Workbench 

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