TMBC Monthly Newsletter, December 2016, V1

Microbiome in the Spotlight

In the late '80's Dr. David Strachan of the Department of Public Health Sciences in London proposed an explanation for the principal epidemiological features of hay fever and the apparent rise in the prevalence of allergic diseases. The so-called "Hygiene Hypothesis" posited that declining family size, improved household amenities and higher standards of personal cleanliness had reduced opportunities for cross-infection which may have resulted in more widespread clinical expression of atopic disease. In a follow-up article on this issue in 2000, Dr. Strachan submitted that despite the fact that an inverse association between infection and atopy had not been confirmed directly by epidemiological studies, the hypothesis still held some potential explanation. A new article by Sally Bloomfield et al. published this year suggests it is time to abandon that hypothesis in favor of a newer hypothesis, the Old Friends Mechanism, first proposed by Rook in 2003. Read more and make your own decision here

TMBC Member News

Abbott Nutrition announced the results of an RCT showing infants fed formula containing specific human milk human milk oligosaccharides had an immune response more like breastfed babies. Read more here 

AOBiome announces its first in kind clinical trial of live bacterial topical treatment for acne. Read more here   

Second Genome is collaborating with Monsanto to accelerate the discovery of new microbiome-based solutions to help farmers better manage environmental challenges on their farms, using Second Genome's microbiome technology platform to accelerate protein discovery. Learn more here

Microbiome Fellowships and Prizes

The 5th Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant has been expanded to include the gut microbiome in recognition of its remarkable potential on the human body. Learn more here      

The Kavli Microbiome Ideas Challenge has committed $1 million and is now accepting proposal submissions supporting development of next generation scientific tools for investigating life on a microbial scale across many environments. Learn more here  

Reckitt Benckiser announces its Healthier Tomorrow Challenge, in partnership with Indiegogo, to support innovators trying to create solutions that could change lives and make the world a healthier place. Learn more here