What is the Baby Biome Study?
The Baby Biome Study is an important research study that aims to find out how microbes (bugs) such as bacteria and viruses influence a baby’s immune system in the early years.
We are exposed to microbes, good and bad, throughout our lives. These microbes are in our mouth, on our skin and in our digestive and reproductive systems tracks – the good ones are vital, helping us to digest food, producing needed vitamins and fighting bad microbes. These bad microbes are harmful and can make us sick and also possibly cause asthma or allergies.
Our immune system defends us against these bad microbes. The Baby Biome Study seeks to understand how good and bad microbes interact with our immune system in the early years and find out why we stay healthy, and why we sometimes get sick.
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The Baby Biome Study team is based at University College London and collaborates with researchers and academics from across the UK. We are also working with University Hospitals Leicester and University College London Hospital to help make the study a success.
The Baby Biome Study is funded by the Wellcome Trust.
- Who is Directing the Baby Biome Study?
The Director of the Baby Biome Study is led by Professor Peter Brocklehurst. You can get in touch by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to him at: Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit, Institute of Applied Health Research, Room 111, Murray Learning Centre, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT.
The Baby Biome Study is directed by Professor Peter Brocklehurst.
Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit, Institute of Applied Health Research, Room 111 Murray Learning Centre, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT