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Microbiome of the Built Environment: New Report and Webinar

From the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine - Microbiomes of the Built Environment: A Research Agenda for Indoor Microbiology, Human Health, and Buildings

People in developed countries spend the vast majority of their time indoors. That time is shared with a large and diverse community of microorganisms that find their way into homes, workplaces, schools, and other buildings. Research on indoor environments, microorganisms, and human health has been conducted for decades, but new molecular tools and collaborative efforts that bridge microbiology, engineering, architecture, and public health are generating a deeper understanding of the complex interactions among human occupants, built environments, and associated microbial communities. This report assesses the current state of this knowledge, identifies knowledge gaps, and outlines a research agenda for filling these gaps. 

Learn more in this 4-page Highlights of the report.

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Panel Discussion / Webcast

Monday, September 11

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

NAS Lecture Room

2101 Constitution Avenue NW

The public is invited to join us for a webcast briefing on Microbiomes of the Built Environment: A Research Agenda for Indoor Microbiology, Human Health, and Buildings. Committee members Jonathan Allen of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Diane Gold of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Vivian Loftness of Carnegie Mellon University, and Jordan Peccia of Yale University will discuss the report’s findings, proposed research agenda, and future research trajectories, followed by a Q&A. The session will be held in both person and online. No registration is necessary to attend the webcast; it will be posted here. To attend in person, register here!

 

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