Research Alliance for Microbiome Science (RAMS) RegistryThe mission of the RAMS Registry is to promote the health of all women, men and children by supporting research related to microbiome science. The RAMS Registry fosters collaboration among researchers to accelerate knowledge and advance science by facilitating sharing, reuse and linking of data and samples. The RAMS Registry was founded by Jennifer M. Fettweis, Ph.D., Gregory A. Buck, Ph.D., Kimberly K. Jefferson, Ph.D. and Karen Hendricks-Muñoz, M.D., M.P.H. in September of 2013 to support ongoing microbiome research at VCU and with collaborating institutions and organizations. Registry staff maintains contact information for participants who are willing to be contacted in the future regarding research opportunities. The RAMS Registry also houses the RAMS Repository for safe and secure storage of data and samples.
RAMS Registry MembersWe work with RAMS Registry members as partners in research. We may occasionally contact RAMS Registry members about opportunities to participate in research studies or to give updates from RAMS Registry studies. We do not release names or contact information to other researchers without permission, and we use rigorous safeguards to protect the confidentiality of participant information. If additional participation of RAMS Registry members is not needed to conduct a research study, we may grant access of existing data and samples to approved researchers. If you are a RAMS Registry member and have any questions about the registry or RAMS Registry-associated studies, please contact us. You may withdraw from the RAMS Registry or change your level of participation at any time.
RAMS Registry Research CollaboratorsThe RAMS Registry encourages collaborative research efforts to promote advances in our understanding of how our microbes affect our health. If you are the Principal Investigator of a research study and would like to explore the possibility of enrolling participants in the RAMS Registry or using data or samples housed in the RAMS Repository, please contact us. Also, please visit our resources page. We are not contacting RAMS Registry members regarding opportunities to participate in research at this time.
RAMS Undergraduate Scholars ProgramThe Research Alliance for Microbiome Science (RAMS) Undergraduate Scholars Program serves to develop the next generation of leaders in microbiome science by providing undergraduate students the opportunity to work on research projects with RAMS Registry investigators. The award is $1,500 for the 6-week program. The program is open to VCU undergraduates who are rising sophomores, juniors or seniors. Up to three undergraduate scholars will be selected for the 2015 program. In this inaugural year of the program, scholars will perform a research project in the Fettweis laboratory to characterize the role of bacterial species in the maternal microbiome. The 2015 program will take place from June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015. Applications for the 2015 RAMS Undergraduate Scholars Program are due by March 24, 2015.
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