Standards for Microbiome Measurements Workshop
About 100 trillion microbial cells reside in the human body—playing roles that might inspire a remake of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The microbiome has been linked to diseases ranging from obesity to autism, and to physiological processes ranging from exercise to sleep. New technologies enabling rapid and inexpensive gene sequencing are enabling scientists in many disciplines to unmask the intricate and integral linkages between the microbiome and human health.
Unfortunately, interlab comparability of measurements on microbiomes is unsatisfactory. Biases exist along every step of the measurement process, from sample collection and extraction techniques all the way to data analysis and interpretation. There is a need for the adoption of reference materials, reference data, and reference protocols in order to identify and eliminate measurement bias.
On Aug. 9-10, 2016, a workshop will survey and begin the job of prioritizing microbiome measurement needs, focusing on clinical diagnostics, therapeutics, and associated regulatory concerns. The workshop is sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the NIH Human Microbiome Project.
Join with colleagues from around the world to chart the steps needed to improve the reproducibility of microbiome research results and speed their translation to the clinic and the market.
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Standards for Microbiome Measurements Workshop
New dates have been set for this workshop: August 9-10, 2016.
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This workshop* will seek input on defining reference materials, reference data and reference methods for microbiome community measurements. This workshop is sponsored by NIST and NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Human Microbiome Project.
Over the past 10 years, advances in 'omic technologies have resulted in a meteoric rise in our ability to understand the constituents and functions of complex microbial communities (microbiomes); and the profound effect that these microbiomes have on their hosts and the environment. However, the interlab comparability of measurements on microbiomes is generally poor. Biases exist along every step of the measurement process, from sample collection, extraction techniques, measurement technology employed (next-generation sequencing, mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance), and, finally, to data analysis and interpretation. There is a need for the adoption of reference materials, reference data, and reference protocols in order to identify and eliminate measurement bias.
This workshop will include talks from subject matter experts. In addition, a series of break-out sessions will focus on defining the characteristics of these reference materials. Poster presentations are welcome.
While the scope of this workshop will be applicable for anyone involved in microbiome-based research and development, there will be an emphasis placed on microbiome measurements for human clinical diagnostics, microbiome therapeutics, and the regulatory needs associated with microbiome therapeutics and diagnostics.
If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site. Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.
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A recent report from the National Science and Technology Council, which surveyed the investment in microbiome research across federal agencies, noted that the further study of microbiomes and realization of their full promise requires federal, academic, and industry labs to reliably reproduce each others' results so the work can be extended on multiple fronts and developed into treatments and products.
Reproducibility of results and speeding results to the clinic and market requires standardized protocols for sample collection, and reference materials and data.
NIST, the nation's reference lab for biological measurements, will convene microbiome researchers from other federal agencies, academia, and industry to prioritize needs and form an action plan to move standards development forward.
*This workshop is a "Widely Attended Gathering" according to NIH guidelines.
Start Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2016
End Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Location: NIST, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, Md. 20899
Audience: Industry, Government, Academia
The fee to attend this workshop is $119.00. Please plan to join us on the evening of August 8, 2016 for an opening reception at the Courtyard Marriott Washingtonian Center.(Registration not required for the reception.)
All attendees must be pre-registered to gain entry to the NIST campus. Photo identification must be presented at the main gate to be admitted to the conference. International attendees are required to present a passport. Attendees must wear their conference badge at all times while on the campus. There is no on-site registration for meetings held at NIST.
Karen Startsman, 301-975-6602