UPMC and Pitt form $5 million microbiome research center
UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh's health sciences schools are forming the Center for Medicine and the Microbiome, announced today at the White House.
The announcement took place in conjunction with the White House's National Microbiome Initiative, which aims to improve the understanding of the trillions of microbes running throughout the human body, forming the microbiome.
The venture will be both a physical research center, with laboratories and workspace, and an intellectual space, where doctors of different disciplines can combine brainpower to research the microbiome, said Dr. Alison Morris, who will lead the center.
The multidisciplinary space has more than $5 million in funding, stemming from Pitt’s Department of Medicine, UPMC and UPMC Enterprises, the health care giant’s innovation arm.
Pitt's dental school also contributed funding and 3,500 saliva samples. And uBiome Inc., a San Francisco-based microbial genomics company, contributed noncash items to support the center's microbiome sequencing plans.
"Our hope is that we will use this to get competitive grants and to perform high-impact science," said Morris. She expects the center to be fully up and running in one or two years.
Susannah Snider Reporter Pittsburgh Business Times
Susannah Snider covers health care and education for the Pittsburgh Business Times.