How we're making a difference in prevention & wellness

Together, we can promote wellness through groundbreaking science on the immune system, genetics, and the microbiome to improve human health.

The microbiome—the collection of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that live in and on us—shapes many facets of our health.

With the establishment of the Duchossois Family Institute in 2017, we have built powerful capabilities to study and wield the microbiome’s effects to improve health and well-being.

We are examining the microbiome across a range of conditions and life stages.

Allergies
Cancer
Gastrointestinal disease
Infant development
Mental health

Our team of microbiologists, chemists, pathologists, and data experts is working to:

Determine how the microbiome causes disease
Understand the role microbes play in patient outcomes
Develop new treatments and prevention strategies

Your support is paving the way

The potential of the gut microbiome is the equivalent of an Amazon rain forest. There exists enormous untapped biological opportunity for discovery.
Eugene B. Chang, MD
Martin Boyer Professor of Medicine

Did you know?

5 POUNDS
—the weight of the average person’s microbiome
15 BACTERIAL SPECIES
identified to cure malnutrition
2,000 STRAINS OF HEALTHY BACTERIA
collected to improve 
microbial health
5 POUNDS
—the weight of the average person’s microbiome
15 BACTERIAL SPECIES
identified to cure malnutrition
2,000 STRAINS OF HEALTHY BACTERIA
collected to improve 
microbial health

Stories of Impact

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Richard Parillo at his home in Chicago

Your investment to support prevention & wellness research and care is more important than ever

Discover other areas where you can make a difference

Cancer
Community Health
Celiac Disease
Diabetes

Contact our prevention & wellness giving expert

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Marty Laub, MBA
Assistant Vice President

Office: 773-834-2231
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