The International Human Microbiome Consortium

The goal of the IMHC is to work under a common set of principles and policies to study and understand the role of the human microbiome in the maintenance of health and causation of disease and to use that knowledge to improve the ability to prevent and treat disease.  The Consortium’s efforts are focused on generating a shared comprehensive data resource that will enable investigators to characterize the relationship between the composition of the human microbiome (or of parts of the human microbiome) and human health and disease.

The IHMC is open, at any time, to the funders and PIs of human microbiome research programs that have the capacity to mount a comprehensive analysis of the human microbiome in health and/or disease, and that agree to carry out their efforts according to a set of commonly agreed-upon IHMC policies (see Principles in the Membership section).

The principles, structure and operating modes of the IHMC were defined progressively through several meetings organised since November 2005 (see Historical perspective and previous meetings). The IHMC was officially launched at its meeting held in Heidelberg on October 15-16 2008.

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