The BWH/Harvard Cohorts Biorespository is partnering with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on a new $4.9 million microbiome project funded by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC). The award is part of $18 million in capital infrastructure grants given by the MLSC to research institutions in Boston.
The project will involve building the Biobank for Microbiome Research in Massachusetts (BIOM-Mass) in collaboration with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).
BIOM-Mass will be an integrated platform to dramatically increase capacity of the Massachusetts life sciences community to collect, use, and analyze microbiome-based biospecimens in human populations. It will:
- Create the world’s largest prospective collection of microbiome specimens from 25,000 individuals in the Nurses’ Health Study II and other long-running cohort studies
- Leverage cutting-edge laboratory automation to collect and store biospecimens for this and many future studies
- Deploy a novel analysis and bioinformatics data portal to support microbiome research and development