An Equitable Approach to Microbiome Science
Photo Credit: GMbC team processing stool samples in Central African Republic. ©Global Microbiome Conservancy / Photo by Mathieu /Groussin
OpenBiome believes in the importance of a global scientific movement fueled by strong local capacity and networks.
Through the Global Microbiome Conservancy (GMbC) program, we engage in long-term partnerships with collaborators around the world. We provide researchers and scientists in under-resourced countries with training, tools, and access to our knowledge sharing platform. Our ultimate mission is to grow microbiome research capacity worldwide.
Photo Credit: The GMbC team fills a cryotank with liquid nitrogen in Thailand. ©Global Microbiome Conservancy / Photo by C. Corzett
How We Build Partner Research Capacity
Infrastructure and Physical Resources: Improve access to laboratory supplies, equipment, and data storage capability.
Skills and Training: Share our expertise in microbiology, molecular biology, biobanking, and bioinformatics.
Grants and Funding: Identify funding opportunities and host workshops to improve grant writing skills.
Publishing and Conferences: Support researchers through the publication process and to access conferences.
Connection and Networks: Introduce researchers to potential collaborators, mentors, and mentees.
Convening a Global Research Community
OpenBiome is excited and privileged to be working with dozens of researchers on the front lines of urgent public health challenges. Our Global Research Consortium members are located around the world, including in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as central and southeast Asia.
This network of accomplished scientists is radically expanding our understanding of microbiome science by collecting samples and data from underrepresented communities. Together with them, we have built the most globally diverse microbiome collection as a shared research tool to improve health worldwide.
Photo Credit: Memorandum of Agreement ceremony between the GMbC and the University of Malaya, Malaysia. ©Global Microbiome Conservancy / Photo by C. Corzett
“We got involved in the GMbC to include people from Thailand in microbiome science. This has enabled researchers from our university to learn about modern sequencing and anaerobic culturing techniques, as well as develop our own research on gastrointestinal diseases and Helicobacter pylori.”
— Professor Varocha Mahachai, gastroenterologist and member of the Center of Excellence in Digestive Diseases at the Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand
Help Us Support Global Microbiome Research
Contact us to learn how you can help researchers realize the full global potential of microbiome science to improve the health of people worldwide.
We’re always open to discuss ideas on how to improve access to equipment, training, mentorship, or other resources.