The Alfred P. Sloan foundation has approved a grant to organize a workshop on indoor microbiome in Finland in Fall 2015. The workshop is designed for a scientific exchange including a workshop and researcher exchanges that will bridge the Sloan grantees in US and Canada with the research groups in Finland and neighboring countries. The workshop organizing committee, led by Tiina Reponen (University of Cincinnati and University of Eastern Finland), includes Martin TÃ¤ubel (Finnish National Institute and Welfare), Miia PitkÃ¤ranta (Vahanen Group, Finland), and Mark Hernandez (University of Colorado, Boulder).
The workshop aims to discuss the microbial characteristics and their determinants ultimately responsible for the positive and negative health effects of indoor microbial exposures, including experimental, epidemiological and toxicological work. The main goals of the workshop and related research exchange are: (1) to identify the key open questions based on recent epidemiological and toxicological studies that will help trigger new and focus existing research on microbiology of the built environment; and (2) to create new collaboration between Sloan grantees and research groups in Finland and neighboring countries.
Stay tuned for more details following soon.