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Next Steps in Studying the Human Microbiome and Health in Population Studies

This workshop, originally scheduled for March 14-15, 2017 in Rockville, MD, has been rescheduled for May 16 – 17, 2017. The workshop will be held at the Residence Inn Bethesda Downtown. Please note, attendees must re-register for the rescheduled event.

NCI is presenting a two-day workshop on standardizing human microbiome methodologies for use in population studies. Sponsored by the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) and the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), the workshop will focus on:

  • Bringing together diverse scientists to discuss and seek consensus on optimum methods for collecting oral, fecal, and tissue samples for multi-omics analyses;
  • Examining the degree of variation caused by DNA extraction, amplification, sequencing, and bioinformatics methods and the best methods to handle variation in future studies;
  • Evaluating the statistical methods for pooling microbiome data from multiple studies;
  • Addressing the best types of quality control samples to monitor variation in sample handling between sample batches, studies, and laboratories and which can assess stability during long-term storage; and
  • Reporting and data sharing standards for epidemiological studies of the human microbiome.

The workshop format will include opportunities for researchers to hear from public health leadership, interact and explore these topics in breakout sessions, and to network.


This Workshop is free to attend, but registration is required. Please note, attendees must re-register for the rescheduled event.

Register for the workshop.

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Steering Committee

For more information, please contact Dr. Rashmi Sinha or Dr. Somdat Mahabir.