Microbiome & Microbial Therapy

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Mission Statement and FOCI

The goal of the AGA Institute Council Microbiome & Microbial Therapy (MMT) is to promote ideas, research, technology, education and dialogue that advance the understanding of the gastrointestinal microbiome in health and disease.

Areas of focus

Microbiome community interactions with the host are broadly explored in the context of:

  • Determinants and dynamics of microbiome structure and function.
  • Gut microbial dysbiosis: causes and consequences in children and adults.
  • Gut microbial regulation of host metabolic and energy homeostasis.
  • Microbiome influences on infectious, immune and neoplastic disease.
  • The microbiome-gut-brain axis and systemic interactions.
  • Gut microbiome-based therapies.
  • Biotics in health and disease.

These descriptors are intended to establish a deep understanding of interactions between microbiome communities and their hosts, and will also provide new insight into how host and epigenetic factors influence gastrointestinal ecosystems.   

Council Leadership

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chair

Purna Kashyap

Mayo Clinic
Vice Chair