AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research & Education

The AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education is your virtual “home” for AGA activities, research, news and policy updates related to the gut microbiome, one of the most exciting and promising areas of science today.

Expertise and Opportunities

• Identification of Experts and Organization of Expert Meetings

• Support of Microbiome Research and Innovation

• Development of Educational Programs and Resources

FMT National Registry

AGA has launched the FMT National Registry, which will assess short- and long-term patient outcomes associated with fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT). This registry is supported by NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
(Award Number R24AI118629).

Find out how this registry can support future post-market surveillance.



FDA Comment Letter

The center submitted comments on the FDA draft guidance for industry regarding the applicability of IND requirements to FMT.


Event Replay

The 2016 Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit event recording is available. Presenters address the most recent advances in the field.


Center Media Coverage

The center’s chair, Dr. Gail Hecht, speaks with Bloomberg about probiotics and other microbiome-based treatments.


FMT Registry Coverage

Dr. Colleen Kelly, center advisory board member, speaks to Wired about advances in fecal microbiota transplantation.


Gastro Microbiome Issue

AGA’s journal, Gastroenterology, dedicated an entire issue to this growing area of research.

Scientific Advisory Board

Gail Hecht, MD, MS, AGAF, Chair

Gail Hecht, MD, MS, AGAF, Chair

Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL

Maria T. Abreu, MD, AGAF, ex-officio

University of Miami, FL

Jasmohan Bajaj, MD, AGAF

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

Premysl Bercik, MD

McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Eugene B. Chang, MD, AGAF

The University of Chicago, IL

Diane E. Hoffmann, JD, MS

University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore

Lee M. Kaplan, MD, PhD, AGAF

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Purna Kashyap, MBBS

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Zain Kassam, MD, MPH

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and OpenBiome, Somerville, MA

Alexander Khoruts, MD

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Rob Knight, PhD

University of California, San Diego

Ece A. Mutlu, MD, MS, MBA, AGAF

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Geoffrey Preidis, MD, PhD

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Gary D. Wu, MD, Governing Board Liaison

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Are you ready to take the next step?

To learn more about the center, please contact Alison Kim, senior director of research and innovation.

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