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AGA announced that the first participant has enrolled in their Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) National Registry, which is planned to be the largest FMT study in history. The AGA FMT National Registry — funded by NIH and administered by the AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education — will track 4,000 patients for 10 years after their FMT procedure, providing a wealth of data about the procedure’s effectiveness and both short- and long-term effects of FMT.
AGA also announced two new collaborations. The first: American Gut Project, an academic effort run by the laboratory of Rob Knight, PhD, professor and director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation at the University of California, San Diego, to build a biobank of stool samples from participants in the FMT National Registry. The second: OpenBiome, a public stool bank and nonprofit research organization. OpenBiome serves as the source of stool for nearly 1,000 clinical partners performing FMT across the United States, and expects to provide a significant portion of the stool preparations used in the registry.
More information can be found on the AGA website.