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Military and Veteran Microbiome:
Consortium for Research and Education

MISSION: Advancing microbiome science and education to benefit military personnel, Veterans, and their families.

Updated: 24 April 2017


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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".

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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."

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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.

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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: (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

Read the full Top 10 List


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

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