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Human microbiome science: vision for the future, Bethesda, MD, July 24 to 26, 2013

Jacques Ravel1*, Martin J Blaser2, Jonathan Braun3, Eric Brown4, Frederic D Bushman5, Eugene B Chang6, Julian Davies7, Kathryn G Dewey8, Timothy Dinan9, Maria Dominguez-Bello2, Susan E Erdman10, B Brett Finlay5, Wendy S Garrett11, Gary B Huffnagle1213, Curtis Huttenhower14, Janet Jansson15, Ian B Jeffery16, Christian Jobin1718, Alexander Khoruts19, Heidi H Kong20, Johanna W Lampe21, Ruth E Ley22, Dan R Littman2324, Sarkis K Mazmanian25, David A Mills2627, Andrew S Neish28, Elaine Petrof29, David A Relman3031, Rosamond Rhodes32, Peter J Turnbaugh33, Vincent B Young1213, Rob Knight34 and Owen White35

Author Affiliations

1 Institute for Genome Sciences, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 801 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA

2 Department of Microbiology, Human Microbiome Program, New York University Langone Medical Center, 550 First Avenue, Bellevue CD 689, New York, NY 10016, USA

3 Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA

4 The Michael Smith Laboratories and Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada

5 Department of Microbiology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

6 Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery, University of Chicago, 900 E. 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637, USA

7 Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Life Sciences Centre, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z3, Canada

8 Department of Nutrition, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, USA

9 Department of Psychiatry, GF Unity, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Wilton, Ireland

10 Division of Comparative Medicine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, One Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

11 Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA

12 Department of Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases, Immunology University of Michigan Medical School, 1500 W. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA

13 Department of Microbiology, Immunology University of Michigan Medical School, 1500 W. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA

14 Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, 655 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115, USA

15 Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA

16 Department of Microbiology, The Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

17 Department of Infectious Diseases & Pathology, College of Medicine, University of Florida, 2015 SW 16th Avenue, PO Box 110880, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA

18 Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, University of Florida, 2015 SW 16th Avenue, PO Box 110880, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA

19 Department of Medicine, Center for Immunology, Room 3-184, Medical Biosciences Building, 2101 6th S. E, Minneapolis, MN 55416, USA

20 Dermatology Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, 10 Center Dr, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA

21 Cancer Prevention Program, Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1100 Fairview Ave N, PO Box 19024, Seattle, WA 98109, USA

22 Department of Microbiology, Cornell University, 123 Wing Drive, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

23 Department of Pathology, Molecular Pathogenesis, 540 First Avenue, Skirball Institute, New York, NY 10016, USA

24 Department of Microbiology, Molecular Pathogenesis, 540 First Avenue, Skirball Institute, New York, NY 10016, USA

25 Division of Biology & Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1200 E. California Bl, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA

26 Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, USA

27 Department of Viticulture and Enology, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, USA

28 Department of pathology, Emory University School of Medicine, 105H whitehead bldg., 615 Francis Street, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA

29 Department of Medicine/Infectious Diseases, Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Unit, Queens University and Kingston General Hospital, 76 Stuart Street, GIDRU wing, Kingston ON K7L 2V7, Canada

30 Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

31 Department of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

32 Department of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, One Gustave Levy Place, Box 1076, Annenberg 12-42, New York, NY 10029, USA

33 FAS Center for Systems Biology, Harvard University, 52 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

34 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Colorado, 215 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309, USA

35 Institute for Genome Sciences, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 660 W. Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA

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Microbiome 2014, 2:16  doi:10.1186/2049-2618-2-16

Published: 18 July 2014

Abstract

A conference entitled ‘Human microbiome science: Vision for the future’ was organized in Bethesda, MD from July 24 to 26, 2013. The event brought together experts in the field of human microbiome research and aimed at providing a comprehensive overview of the state of microbiome research, but more importantly to identify and discuss gaps, challenges and opportunities in this nascent field. This report summarizes the presentations but also describes what is needed for human microbiome research to move forward and deliver medical translational applications.