Conquering Diseases

Study Of The Gut Microbiome In Older Adults


Seeking men and women aged 50 and older who will be transferred to a long-term care facility, have been a resident of a long-term care facility for more than one month, or who live in the community and attend senior center programs for a study of the gut microbiome to better understand risk factors for Clostridium Difficile (an intestinal infection that causes severe diarrhea)


Participants in this study will be asked to provide 8 stool samples over 3 months. The study team will also interview participants at the end of the 3 months about their experiences.

What we're hoping for

We are hoping to better understand how the gut microbiome changes in older adults so that the risk factors for clostridium difficile (an intestinal infection that causes severe diarrhea) might be avoided.

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 Principal Investigator

John P Haran, MD

UMass Chan Medical School

 Study Contact

The Office  of Clinical Research



UMass Chan University Campus

55 Lake Ave North 

Worcester,MA 01655