• By Colette Gallagher

Mayo Clinic Joins the National Microbiome Initiative

May 13, 2016

medical illustration of human body and microbiomes

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine joined the National Microbiome Initiative sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). More than 100 institutions committed to advance microbiome research in areas such as health care, food safety and security, environmental protection, and bioenergy production.

In support of the National Microbiome Initiative Mayo Clinic is committed to establishing a Microbiome Clinic, offering clinical services, diagnostics and patient education.

“The new clinic will focus on improving the care of the individual patient through knowledge of the human microbiome,” says Purna Kashyap, M.B.B.S. , consultant in gastroenterology, associate director of the Mayo Clinic Microbiome Program.

bio picture of Dr. Purna Kashyap in business suit

Media Contact: Colette Gallagher, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, at newsbureau@mayo.edu or 507-284-5005.

According to Dr. Kashyap new diagnostics based on next-generation sequencing will allow the Microbiome Clinic to individualize treatment of undiagnosed infections and conditions, as well as to perform hospital surveillance. These will include bacterial whole genome sequencing to track and identify source of outbreaks and determine antibiotic susceptibility, clinical metagenomic profiling to identify unculturable  bacteria causing infections and microbial community profiling as biomarkers of disease outcomes and response to treatment.

In addition to the well-established fecal microbiota transplant program, Mayo will offer new therapies emerging from clinical trials. Patient education will focus on helping patients navigate the complex options that promote health and wellness, including diet and nutritional supplements and probiotic foods.

"The Center for Individualized Medicine’s Microbiome Program will continue to support a discovery, translational and clinical research portfolio that ensures continued success of the Microbiome Clinic." says Heidi Nelson, M.D., consultant in colon and rectal surgery, program director of the Microbiome Program, and the Fred C. Andersen Professor.

WEBCAST: The Future of the Microbiomes Event will be webcast live.

Read more facts about the OSTP Microbiome Initiative. 

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