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Funding News - Human Microbiome Research

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NIH requests applications for studies of the ethical, legal, and social implications of human microbiome research—which is the study and application of the metagenomic analysis of the human microbiota. 

This announcement is an NIH Roadmap Initiative.  The NIH Roadmap is an innovative approach to accelerate fundamental discovery and translate that knowledge into effective prevention strategies and new treatments.

The complex and dynamic communities of microbes that are present on and within the human body (the human microbiota) are thought to profoundly influence human physiology, nutrition, immunity, and development.  Disruption of community dynamics may play a role in triggering, or be affected by, disease or may interfere with normal development. 

Potential applicants should contact Dr. Jean E. McEwen, Division of Extramural Research, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH; telephone:  301-496-7531; email:  For more information visit