NAS workshop on the environment, health and the microbiome

The National Academy of Sciences’ Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions workshop, “Environment and health: What’s the human microbiome have to do with it?” will be held in Washington, D.C. and via webcast from January 14-15, 2016.

Sponsored by NIEHS and organized by the Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions committee, this workshop is part of a series intended to bring together participants from government, industry, nongovernmental organizations, and the academic community to explore the potential for new methods and approaches to advance understanding of environmental impacts on human health.

This workshop is scheduled for January 14-15, 2016 and will focus on research at the intersection of the environment, the microbiome and human health. More details and a description of the event are below.

Workshop Description

The microbiome—the collection of bacteria, viruses and fungi living on and inside of our bodies—impacts health in many ways and can even influence our responses to environmental chemicals. Explore the intersection of the environment, the microbiome and human health at this National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop, where participants will discuss the latest emerging research on microbiome-environment interactions, including:

  • How the microbiome could influence responses to environmental exposures
  • How environmental exposures early in life could change microbiome function and affect later-life health outcomes
  • A potential framework to advance research over the next decade

Please visit the workshop website to register to attend and for more information, including the preliminary agenda: http://nas-sites.org/emergingscience/meetings/microbiome2/.

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