Northwest Microbiome Network

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The human microbiome, comprised of communities of microorganisms across the body’s ecosystem, is implicated in a growing range of health and disease. The microbiome's role in health and its potential for targeted therapeutic intervention is a research priority for the NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Five institutions in the Pacific Northwest have come together to leverage their diverse and innovative expertise and capabilities to advance microbiome research in Oregon, Washington, and beyond.

  • Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute
  • Oregon State University
  • Portland State University
  • University of Oregon
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Goals & Plans

The goals for the first year of this initiative are to:

  1. Build a regional community of microbiome researchers who are familiar with each other's capabilities and expertise.
  2. Identify areas of synergistic collaboration. 

To meet these goals, the Northwest Microbiome Network will host a Microbiome Mixer on March 16, 2019 followed by a working retreat later in 2019.  Microbiome researchers can also sign up to be added to a microbiome registry of capabilities and expertise, which will be formally rolled out later in 2019. 

Northwest Microbiome Mixer

The Northwest Microbiome Mixer is scheduled for March 16, 2019 and will include presentations, posters, and networking with the goal of building a regional community of microbiome researchers who can identify and initiate collaborative pilot projects.

All members of the community are welcome to attend, including faculty, clinicians, and trainees. We especially value the participation of individuals from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in microbiome research.

Event Details
Saturday, March 16, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Robertson Life Sciences Building on the Portland waterfront

Agenda for Microbiome Mixer

8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.Registration, Poster Set Up
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 

Breakfast/Networking + Welcome Address from Mixer Host Institutions

10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  

Microbiome Discussion Panel # 1: 

Can we use microbiomes to predict or diagnose host or environmental health?

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Lunch with Poster Session & Networking
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Microbiome Discussion Panel # 2:

Does the future of health care or ecological conservation involve microbiome management?

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.Break
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.   Microbiome Research & Resources at Each Partnering Institution
3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.Crowdsourcing Ideas for Multi-Institution Collaborations
4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.Closing Remarks

Registration for the Microbiome Mixer

Online registration for the Northwest Microbiome Mixer is closed.  Please reach out to Erica Shaw at, if you have questions.

Download a flyer for the Northwest Microbiome Mixer.