Getting Involved with Microbiome Research for Clinicians: From Sequencing to Grant Writing

Woods Hole, MA US
May 23, 2017 to May 25, 2017
The goal of the course is to introduce clinicians to resources and people leading microbiome research in order to improve understanding, build clinical skills based on fundamental research, and to improve patient care in the near- and long-term. Speakers range from experts in microbiome science, biology, and bioinformatics to clinicians who are utilizing knowledge of the microbiome to inform and practice in departments of surgery and medicine. As an example, John Alverdy has developed a new technique that dramatically reduces instances of infection after surgery for anastomotic leaks by introducing bacteria to stimulate the growth of bacteria of the gut. There is an opportunity to develop new interventions in surgery and inpatient settings, as well as to participate in research on an outpatient scale – adding microbial sampling to information collected about cancer patients, or those with allergies, asthma, or even mental illness – to name a few.
An optional hands-on laboratory session will be available. More information coming soon!
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Want more information on microbiome research? Visit the Microbiome Center website.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians and allied health professionals in the surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, pulmonology, and cardiology specialties along with clinician/researchers, medical researchers and lab managers interested in an introduction to microbiome research.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the science and language of microbiome research as it is used in different settings;
  • List sampling protocols used in microbiome research;
  • Discuss practical considerations of engaging in microbiome research including financial and institutional support, data management, and collaboration;
  • Describe the role bioinformatics plays in microbiome research including data requirements, tools for understanding, and resources for data management;
  • Explain the current state of microbiome research: what is known, what is not known, and how current knowledge is relevant to clinical settings;
  • Translate how microbiome interventions such as manipulation and transplantation can be used for patient care;
  • Describe the steps to build a microbiome research program that is paired with clinical care including how to write a grant, collaborate with colleagues, and find resources for support.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Medical Knowledge
Systems-based Practice
For more information, please contact:
CME Coordinator Contact Name: 
Erin Lane
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
CME Coordinator Contact Phone: 
Available credit: 
  • 13.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 13.25 Participation
Event starts: 
05/23/2017 - 5:00pm
Event ends: 
05/25/2017 - 5:00pm
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Marine Biological Laboratory
7 MBL Street
Board Room
Woods Hole, MA 02543
United States
This course will be held at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.
Basic accommodations are available in the conference center. Participants are welcome to secure accommodations independently as well.
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The University of Chicago reserves the right to cancel or postpone this conference due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event this activity must be cancelled or postponed, the registration fee will be refunded; however, The University of Chicago is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.
  John Alverdy, MD
  Sara and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor of Surgery
  Executive Vice Chair, Department of Surgery


  Jack Gilbert, PhD
  Department of Ecology & Evolution
  Department of Surgery
Disclosure Declarations
As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. This includes any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest. Mechanisms are in place to identify and resolve any potential conflict of interest prior to the start of the activity.
Additionally, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine asks authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses and other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of Certificates of Participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.

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