The Human Microbiome: Emerging Themes at the Horizon of the 21st Century

Meeting Location and Time

HMP artworkAugust 16-18, 2017

National Institutes of Health
Natcher Conference Center
Building 45, Ruth L. Kirschstein Auditorium
45 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892

Registration for this workshop has now exceeded max capacity. See information below to join us by live videocasts.

The meeting will convene from 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday; 8:15 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Thursday; and 8:15 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

* Please note these times are tentative.

Purpose and Goals

This 2017 NIH-wide microbiome workshop was organized by a planning committee of the trans-NIH Microbiome Working Group (TMWG)1, which includes program staff from the 19 NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices that support human microbiome research through their extramural portfolios. The TMWG is interested in taking stock of where the microbiome field stands after NIH’s ten-year investment in the Human Microbiome Project and evaluating what is needed for this field to advance over the next decade. This meeting will strive to cover advances that reveal the specific ways in which the microbiota influences the physiology of the host, in both a healthy and a diseased state, and how the microbiota may be manipulated, at either the community, population, organismal, or molecular level, to maintain and/or improve the health of the host. The goal of this workshop is to seek input from a trans-disciplinary group of scientists to identify (1) knowledge gaps, (2) technical hurdles, (3) new approaches, and (4) research opportunities which will inform the development of novel prevention and treatment strategies based on host/microbiome interactions over the next 10 years. The workshop closes with an Joint Agency Panel that includes the seven other government agencies which support human microbiome research activities human microbiome research activities to discuss areas of common interest and possible collaboration.


Be advised that this workshop is now over capacity. Please consider joining us via the videocasts.  

If you are having difficulty with viewing this video cast: 1) test an alternate browser, 2) click on the “test computer button” at the top of the videocast page to see what may be the issue, and 3) click on the “FAQ’s” on the videocast site to trouble shoot. If all else fails, please submit a ticket on the “contact us” page and include the “service code” on the top right corner of your screen. An NIH Video Cast technician will contact you.

Those viewing on the videocast are welcomed to send questions for the daily discussion panel via email ( or via twitter using the hashtag #ETmicrobiome.

Note: Some speakers at this workshop may have opted out of having their talk webcast. However, you will be able to hear the audio portion of these talks.

*All videocasts from this workshop will be archived and will be available on the NIH videocast website about a week after the workshop.  (Slides from the presentations will not be available however.)


View the agenda, presentations and poster abstracts here.


  • As a reminder, poster boards are 4’x 6’ (with the small border they measure 46” x 68”). They are 4’ high by 6’ long.
  • Please check the program book for your poster assignments.
  • Please note that your posters need to be displayed before the Keynote speaker presentations each day and taken down by the end of each day.

Lunch Options

All food and beverage is the responsibility of the attendees. There is a cafeteria in the main lobby of the Natcher Conference Center; however space/options are limited and so we encourage you to pre order your lunches on line with EUREST catering. You may pre-order a boxed lunch by using the on-line order form. We highly encourage you to pre-order your boxed lunches before August 9, 2017. For questions or special requests, please contact: 301-402-9701 or 202-740-3539.There is also a cafeteria in the Lister Hill Center, directly across the street from the main entrance of the Natcher Conference Center. For your convenience, there will be additional seating available outside of the atrium area of the Natcher Conference Center.

Instructions for ordering a boxed lunch from EUREST:

  • Create an account on the EUREST online site and log in.
  • When given the option, select: The Fresh Fork Catering at NIH (must be the button with phone number if given the option).
  • Select “Lunch” then select “Boxed Lunch” A menu of box lunch options can be found here.
  • Choose your preferred bundle.
  • Select your choices
  • Select “Order”
  • Select your date for delivery (72 hour advance order required.)
    • Look for “Date Good to Go!” message.
    • Select Location: “On Campus Delivery”
  • Fill in required information
  • Provide an Order Name (your name)
  • Select “Proceed to Checkout”
  • Select Payment Method (“credit card” required for order to be confirmed) and enter CC information
  • Select “Process Order (s)”
  • Do not close the last two check out windows without selecting:
    • “Continue”
    • “Process This Order”
  • Order is final when invoice screen appears.

When ordering your boxed lunch, you will be prompted to include a delivery time; please put in 11:30 a.m., and indicate “lower level” for the delivery location.

Security Check for NIH Campus/Shuttles to and from the NIH Campus

All visitors must enter the NIH Campus through the Gateway Visitor’s Center each day to receive a daily visitor’s pass. A current photo ID (please check the NIH Visitor’s link below for a guide of acceptable forms of ID) is required.

Please note that the meeting location is approximately a 5-minute walk from the Gateway Visitor’s Center. Please allow adequate time to get through and clear security. 

Please view important visitor information about the NIH Campus here.

Contact Information

For program questions, please contact:

Lita M. Proctor, Ph. D.
Coordinator, Human Microbiome Project
Chair, trans-NIH Microbiome Working Group
(301) 480-2844

1The trans-NIH Microbiome Working Group 2017 “Emerging Themes” workshop planning committee would like to acknowledge the generous support of the following NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices for this workshop: NCI, NHLBI, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIEHS, NIGMS, NINR, NCCIH, OAR/OD, ODS/OD, and ORWH/OD. In particular, we would like to thank the Office of Strategic Coordination, fondly known as The Common Fund, for providing generous monetary support, but also for hosting the workshop website and always expressing encouragement and enthusiasm for this workshop’s purpose and goals.

For logistics questions, please contact:

Saundra Bromberg
Capital Consulting Corporation
301-468-6004, ext. 406


Sign language interpreters will be provided upon request. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact prior to Aug. 11, 2017. 

This page last reviewed on August 17, 2017