The microbiome is of critical importance to the environment, human biology and medicine. We are just beginning to understand the far-fetching interactions between microorganisms with their environment and these investigations necessarily span multiple disciplines. Microbiomes are central to the good and services provided by natural and managed ecosystems, and so are increasingly at the forefront of decisions about land usage, climate change, and species conservation. Simultaneously there is an ongoing revolution in clinical sciences where the the human microbiome is being implicated in an incredible range of diseases and also in maintaining health.
At Imperial College London the expertise in this area is incredibly broad and spans Faculties and Departments, to constructively address these challenges, the Microbiome@Imperial Network brings together researchers from across Imperial faculties, to foster an integrated forum for efficient coordination of internal resources and strategic research efforts, to facilitate access to enabling technologies and to educate the next generation of microbiome scientists and the public. Members of the network are already addressing these objectives singly and in smaller collaborations and the Network is particularly well-positioned for rationalising the field and establishing leadership. Microbiome@Imperial aims to be inclusive and to facilitate links between researchers across our campuses by organising cross-faculty seminars, establishing technology workshops and consolidating public engagement activities around the study of the microbiome.
- Building the evidence base
- Fostering interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange
- Building research capacity
- Sharing data and resources
- Developing and implementing best practices and standards
- Engaging with society
- Training interdisciplinary researchers