Next steps in studying the human microbiome and health in prospective studies, Bethesda, MD, May 16-17, 2017

Microbiome. 2018 Nov 26;6(1):210. doi: 10.1186/s40168-018-0596-z.


The National Cancer Institute (NCI) sponsored a 2-day workshop, "Next Steps in Studying the Human Microbiome and Health in Prospective Studies," in Bethesda, Maryland, May 16-17, 2017. The workshop brought together researchers in the field to discuss the challenges of conducting microbiome studies, including study design, collection and processing of samples, bioinformatics and statistical methods, publishing results, and ensuring reproducibility of published results. The presenters emphasized the great potential of microbiome research in understanding the etiology of cancer. This report summarizes the workshop and presents practical suggestions for conducting microbiome studies, from workshop presenters, moderators, and participants.

Keywords: Biospecimen; Cancer; Cohort; Epidemiology; Microbiome; Prospective.

Publication types

  • Congress
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Humans
  • Microbiota / physiology*
  • Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Research Design*