The role of the lung microbiome in health and disease: A national heart, lung, and blood institute workshop report

Yvonne J. Huang, Emily S. Charlson, Ronald G. Collman, Sandra Colombini-Hatch, Fernando D. Martinez, Robert M. Senior

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Study of the human lung microbiome in the context of pulmonary healthanddisease is an area of emergingresearchinterest that is being driven by several contributing factors. These factors include increased recognitionof thediversityofhuman-associatedmicrobiota, their roles in health and in diseases associated with chronic inflammation, and advancements in technologies and tools that have facilitated such discoveries about themicrobiota in organ systems outside of the lung. Therefore, the overarching goals of lung microbiome research are: to identify and characterize microbial populations associated with the respiratory tract andlungs; tounderstandtheir roles inlung healthand disease; and, we hope, to allow the development of improved approaches for diagnosing and treating chronic respiratory diseases in which the microbiome has a role. Recent studies of the lung microbiome have yielded a number of interesting findings but also highlighted questions and challenges for researchers and clinicians. In December 2011, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute convened a workshop to identify key issues and areas for further attention or development to advance research on the lungmicrobiome. Current knowledge and the state of research on the lung and related areas of humanmicrobiome investigation were reviewed and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1382-1387
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of respiratory and critical care medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 15 2013


  • Gut
  • Lung
  • Microbiome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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