Gut Check: What You Need to Know About the Microbiome and Nutrition 

Date: Wednesday, July 28th at 12:00 p.m. Eastern 

Hosts: The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) and The American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

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Nutrition is a critical parameter in dictating the structure and function of host-microbial systems, and thus is a prominent feature of microbiome research. Continued federal investment in microbiome science is necessary to realize the full potential of this area of study and its far-reaching applications. It is critical that we continue to build the research infrastructure—data standardization, technology, training workforce with appropriate competencies—required to advance this promising area of research.   

By the end of this jointly sponsored presentation, attendees will be able to:​

  • Describe the current state of microbiome research as well as the many opportunities in gut microbiome science research.​
  • State the importance of NIH and other federal science agency funding opportunities and research efforts to advance microbiome research.​
  • Explain what is needed to maintain progress in discovery through basic research and accelerate the translation of these findings into clinical and nutrition applications.


David A. Sela, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst (Member, ASN and ASM) 


Your Lunch Shapes Your Microbiome and Why It Matters
Rachel Carmody, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University 

Feeding Our Children: Microbiota-directed Foods for Treating Childhood Undernutrition
Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor and Director, Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology, Washington University at St. Louis (Member, ASN and ASM) 

NIH and Federal Efforts: What We Are Learning About the Microbiome 
Lita M. Proctor, PhD, Former Program Coordinator, Human Microbiome Project, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health 

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1) Stulberg et al. (2016). An Assessment of US Microbiome Research.

2) Interagency Strategic Plan for Microbiome Research FY2018-2022.

3) 2020-2030 Strategic Plan for NIH Nutrition Research.

4) FDA Industry Guidance on LBPs (2016 final document):

5) US Agriculture Innovation Strategy: A Directional Vision for Research (2021 final document, only available as pdf?)

6) DOE’s National Microbiome Data Collaborative: