UW-Madison launches Microbiome Initiative
We are not alone. Each of us carries a wide array of microbial species that outnumber our cells by ten-fold. Recent studies have shown that the complement of microorganisms, the microbiome, is an important determinant of human health and disease. The microbiomes of other animals, plants, soil, bodies of water, and the atmosphere play similarly important roles.
Our understanding of the diversity and roles of these microbiomes is limited, a fact that led the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to launch the National Microbiome Initiative (NMI) last year. Stakeholders, including UW-Madison, have responded with new commitments to develop a comprehensive understanding of microbiomes across all ecosystems.
UW-Madison’s Microbiome Initiative comes with $1 million in grant funding administered by the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education to support interdisciplinary research, infrastructure, and research community enhancements related to the microbiome.
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On Aug. 19, 2019, Norman Drinkwater will retire from his post as the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s interim vice chancellor for research and graduate education. Steve Ackerman, who has served as UW–Madison’s associate vice chancellor for research in the physical sciences since 2012, will assume the interim position.
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University of Wisconsin–Madison assistant professor of neuroscience Darcie Moore and assistant professor of human oncology Zachary Morris are recipients of 2019 Shaw Scientist Awards from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
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