The focus of the Program for Innovative Microbiome and Translational Research (PRIME-TR) is to enable and support high impact microbiome-based profiling and interventional trials with the goal of understanding microbe-host interactions in the context of cancer onset, progression and response to treatment.
PRIME-TR aims to position MD Anderson as a pioneer in transforming cancer therapy through the modulation of the human microbiome.
The mission of PRIME-TR is to build a robust framework that enables a concerted effort for translational research by leveraging existing resources at our institution and by developing programs and relationships to support novel translational applications in the microbiome space. Our ultimate goal is to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment strategies for cancer patients and the population at-risk. Succeeding at this vision would result in the ability of preventing and treating a wider population via novel and better strategies based on microbiome applications.
Project Design: Design of sample and metadata collection strategies to enable microbiome exploration protocols and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
Execution: Integration with cores and resources for sample collection, data generation and data analysis
Analysis & Interpretation: Dedicated bioinformatics methods for microbiome exploration and biostatistics
Cross-validation: Iterative experiments and analyses to cross-validate hypotheses and findings
Clinical Translation: Design of cohort and interventional trials. Network of academic and industry Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs.)
Jennifer Wargo, M.D., M.M.Sc.
Nadim Ajami, Ph.D.
Executive Director for Scientific Research