HCMPH Inaugural Symposium Explores Link Between Mircobiome and Public Health

On May 15-16, Dean Michelle Williams, along with co-directors Wendy Garrett & Curtis Huttenhower welcomed dozens of experts to the Joseph B. Martin Center for the inaugural symposium of the Harvard Chan Center for the Microbiome in Public Health (HCMPH). Launched in 2018, HCMPH was established to expand our understanding of the microbiome to improve population health through basic research, translation, policy, education, and outreach.

Over the course of the two days, researchers, including Biostats alumnus Michael Wu ’09, presented data, shared challenges they’ve encountered, and discussed new research efforts they’re undertaking. Although it’s a relatively new field of research, understanding how the microbiome functions, and how it can be modified, could further our understanding of everything from nutrition and allergies to colon cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Read the full article on the school’s news site here.