Danone Awarding TWO $25,000 Grants for Graduate Students

GRANT ALERT:  Danone North America Public Benefit Corporation, announces its 8th Danone North America Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant. As a part of our commitment to advancing the study of the gut microbiome on well-being, Danone will award $25,000 each to two graduate students who aim to explore how the gut microbiome, probiotics and yogurt helps support and maintain human health and wellness.  Applications are due by February 14, 2020. For more information and how to apply, visit: http://www.danonenorthamerica.com/fellowship-application/

Noel presents at EPI in Action!

Noel presents at EPI in Action!

On October 5, Noel Britton presented her poster Comparison of fungal DNA extraction methodologies for mycobiome analysis at the Department of Epidemiology’s EPI in Action! Student Poster Presentation Symposium.

Noel is a Clinical Research Coordinator and a PhD Student in the Department of Epidemiology.


Congrats to the FMT grant awardees!


We are pleased to announce the following doctors have been awarded a CMM Grant of $50,000 for their proposals for a Fecal Microbiome Transplantation Grant.

Tatiana Bogdanovich, MD, PhD, MSc
Director, Fecal Microbiota Transplant Program
Clinical Assistant Professor, Transplant Infectious Diseases
Division of Infectious Diseases

Georgios Kitsios, MD, PhD
Fellow, Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine

Bernard JC Macatangay, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Immunology
Assistant Director, Pitt Immunology Specialty Lab
Clinical Lab Director, Pitt Clinical Research Site
Division of Infectious Diseases/ HIV/AIDS Program

Grant Announcement: Fecal Microbiome Transplantation

We are pleased to announce the following request for applications related to clinical studies of fecal microbiome transplantation.

The Department of Medicine, UPMC, the Division of Infectious Diseases, and the Center for Medicine and the Microbiome are issuing a request for applications for pilot projects in clinical applications of fecal microbiome transplantation (FMT).  The FMT Program at the University of Pittsburgh was established in 2013 and includes a specialized C. difficile/FMT clinic and a dedicated stool processing laboratory. FMTs for patients with recurrent C.difficile infections have been performed via naso-duodenal tube or entero-/colonoscopy; additionally, a new protocol for oral administration of freeze-dried capsules has been developed. The current award is intended to support innovative preliminary studies in bringing FMT to the bedside for other indications and to open new areas for critical research.  The program will support 4 grants of $50,000 each for a period of one year.

University of Pittsburgh faculty members at the levels of instructor, assistant/research assistant professor, associate/research associate professor, and professor/research professor are eligible to apply as principal investigators.  Proposed projects must have a clinical component and PhD applicants should partner with an MD for input on clinical studies.  Projects need to include a proposal to perform a clinical FMT study.  Applicants are encouraged to consult with the FMT Program and the Center for Medicine and the Microbiome prior to submission of their proposals. An IND for non-C.difficile related FMT can be submitted with the assistance from the Infectious Diseases Division.  Required components of the application are below.  Completed applications can be emailed to Amy Flaugh at flaughar@upmc.edu by September 5, 2017.  A committee will review each submitted application and determine which FMT clinical research trials should move forward.  Applicants will be notified of the outcome of review by October 6 with project initiation by November 1, 2017.

Application requirements:

  1. Specific aims (1 page)
  2. Research proposal (4 pages) to include background/significance, methods and trial design, analyses, and future plans
  3. References (no limit)
  4. Biosketch for the PI(s) and co-investigators
  5. One-year, $50,000 budget with justification

Training Bootcamp

Coming in January 2017, the Center for Medicine and the Microbiome will be hosting a day-long training event at the University Club. The training day will include the basics for data analysis, collecting samples, and protocols within a microbiome lab. Follow the link below to RSVP for the CMM Training Bootcamp: rsvpifylink