Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center

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Brain Gut Relationship

UCLA receives $20 million to establish Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center

Among the most promising areas of scientific inquiry is the study of the human microbiome and its effect on health. To fuel more rapid progress in this field, Andrea and Donald Goodman and Renee and Meyer Luskin have made a $20 million gift to establish the Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center. Research at the center will focus on the microbiome’s role in disease prevention and the body’s immune response with the goal of developing new treatments.

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As well as broadening our understanding of the intricate workings of the brain gut microbiome system and the influence of environmental factors on this complex system, investigators at the center are exploring the role of the brain gut microbiome system in common conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, diabetes, liver disease, dementia and substance use, and developing novel therapies for these disorders.

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Supporting the groundbreaking work underway at the Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center is a unique setup of specialized services ranging from neuroimaging to microbiome sequencing to data analysis. The six research cores and one administrative core are both efficient and cost-effective.