Military and Veteran Microbiome:
Consortium for Research and Education
MISSION: Advancing microbiome science and education to benefit military personnel, Veterans, and their families.
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BBC: How bacteria are changing your mood
30 April 2018
This series from the BBC is a great explanation of the microbiome. Read more
The Military Veteran Microbiome Podcast
8 June 2017
The first four podcasts of Military Veteran Microbiome Podcast have been released. These first shows were recorded during the DoD Microbiome Symposium and feature three of the speakers and the host. Listen:
The Role of the Sloan Foundation in Funding Microbiome of the Built Environment with Paula J. Olsiewski, Ph.D.
Dr Paula J Olsiewski is the Program Director at the Alfred P Sloan Foundation and created and directs the Foundation’s programs in Microbiology of the Built Environment and Chemistry of Indoor Environments. She sat down with Adam Hoffberg just before the start of the DoD Microbiome Conference in Colorado Springs to discuss how the Sloan Foundation got involved in this exciting field and where she thinks the research might lead. Dr. Olsiewski is one of those truly visionary thinkers.
Listen to The Role of the Sloan Foundation in Funding Microbiome of the Built Environment with Paula J. Olsiewski, Ph.D.
Forensic Microbiology in Built Environments by Jack Gilbert
Dr. Jack Gilbert, Faculty Director, The Microbiome Center Professor, Department of Surgery, The University of Chicago, Senior Scientist (Adjunct), the Marine Biological Laboratory, Group Leader in Microbial Ecology, Argonne National Laboratory met with us over the phone to discuss his work in the microbiome for built environments. Jack has far flung interests and this far reaching discussion was, if nothing else, a trip worth taking.
Listen to Forensic Microbiology in Built Environments by Jack Gilbert
Antimicrobials in hand soap and socks, really? Why this may not be a good idea with Erica Hartman Ph.D.
Erica Hartmann, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University sat down with Adam Hoffberg at the DoD Microbiome Symposium at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Erica discusses her interest in antimicrobial agents especially in hand soaps and the negative effects they can have in the built environment.
Listen to Antimicrobials in hand soap and socks, really? Why this may not be a good idea with Erica Hartman Ph.D.
The Microbiome of Temporary Buildings with Kerry Kinney Ph.D.
Dr. Kerry Kinney is a Professor - Fellow of the L.P. Gilvin Centennial Professorship in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering. Her research in environmental engineering focuses on the beneficial application of microorganisms to the treatment of pollutants in the environment. Today she sat down with Adam Hoffberg at the DoD Microbiome Symposium at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs to discuss her work and its implications for that well known structure the temporary classroom.
Listen to The Microbiome of Temporary Buildings with Kerry Kinney Ph.D.
"Change the World, One Article at a Time" includes Article by Dr. Chris Lowry!
22 May 2017
"Change the World, One Article at a Time", lists 180 journal articles nominated by Editors-in-Chief of Springer Nature journals across disciplines to select the scientific findings published in 2016 that they believe could have the greatest impact on society's most pressing problems.
The article "The Microbiota, Immunoregulation, and Mental Health: Implications for Public Health" whose authors include Christopher A. Lowry, Lisa A. Brenner, Andrew J. Hoisington, and Teodor T. Postolache is included in this prestigious list. This paper presents state-of-the-art evidence supporting the hygiene hypothesis, which proposes that the epidemic of inflammatory disease in urban societies stems at least in part from reduced exposure to the microbes that normally suppress inappropriate inflammation.
The Atlantic: The Troubling Link Between Springtime Allergies and Suicide
24 April 2017
The Atlantic magazine published an article that features Drs. Teodor T. Postolache and Chris Lowry titled "The Troubling Link Between Springtime Allergies and Suicide".
Microbiology of the Built Environment Research and Applications Symposium (MoBE 2017)
MoBE 2017 is hosted by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. MoBE 2017 will held at the National Academy of Sciences Building (2101 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, DC) on October 10-12, 2017. Learn more
Free online registration is open through September 1, 2017.
MoBE 2017 is sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Zymo Research Corporation, the U.S. Green Building Council and BioMed Central’s Microbiome Journal and Standards in Genomic Sciences Journal.
The MoBE 2017 agenda will include seven plenary sessions and two panel discussions with speakers from industry, academia, and government. As the finale event of the MoBE program, MoBE 2017 will highlight recent MoBE research, to explore emerging issues towards development of solutions-based approaches for bridging the gaps between research and applications. The goal of the MoBE 2017 Symposium is to present the current state-of-the-science in understanding the formation and function of microbial communities in built environments, their impacts on human health, and how human occupants shape complex indoor microbiomes in relation to human exposure. The MoBE 2017 Symposium will bring together leading researchers and stakeholders to discuss MoBE findings pertinent to human health, safe drinking water, healthy built environments and urban design.
New Pub: Mental Health in Allergic Rhinitis: Depression and Suicidal Behavior
28 March 2017
MVM Core Team Members Christopher A. Lowry, Lisa A Brenner, Andrew J. Hoisington, and Teodor T. Postolache published an article entitled "Mental Health in Allergic Rhinitis: Depression and Suicidal Behavior" in the journal Current Treatment Options in Allergy. From the abstract, "For the clinicians routinely treating a substantial patient population with allergic diseases, there are additional concerns, as allergy has been linked with both depression and suicidal behavior."
Military Times: VA is studying gut bacteria in PTSD, TBI patients following success in mice
After work first done by MVM's own Christopher Lowry (see article below on Top 10 research) there is a new study being launched at the VA lead by Lisa Brenner and Christopher Lowry exploring whether an over the counter probiotic can lead to positive results for PTSD.
Understanding the Role of Microbiomes in The Military Engineer
The Military Engineer highlights work from LtCol Andrew Hoisington, Ph.D., P.E.. You can see whole magazine here: http://www.themilitaryengineer.com/ (look at pg58-61 for story and nice pictures). Or download just the article here.
Study Recruitment for Probiotics Research Study - COMIRB #: 14-1804
1 February 2017
The purpose of this study is to help us learn more about probiotics.
Interested? Learn more here
MVM Team Member Cited for Top 10 Next-Generation Treatments: Multiple Illness in 2016
6 January 2017
Dr. Christopher A. Lowry, Ph.D., Co-Director of MVM Core was announced as a Top 10 Innovator by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation for Treatment with Immune-Regulating Gut Bacteria May Boost Immune System Against Stress. From the announcement:
Risk for psychiatric disorders ranging from depression to PTSD to schizophrenia is thought by some scientists to be linked to elevated levels of inflammation. By exposing mice to bacteria that help regulate the immune system, a team* led by Dr. Lowry was able to prevent stress from causing harmful inflammation, and in some cases, symptoms of illness. The researchers injected mice with a bacterium called M. vaccae, which is abundant in soil and has immune system-regulating effects. This prevented mice from getting colitis when put in highly stressful situations. In stressed mice, the treatment had anti-anxiety and fear-reducing effects. The findings can help researchers develop microbiome- and immunoregulation-based strategies to prevent disorders related to stress. Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Sloan funds MoBE project at US Air Force Academy
29 July 2016
The Alfred P. Sloan foundation announced funding for an MVM project to study the microbiomes of the built environment and cadet occupants at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). Read more