The Brain-Microbiome Axis: Links Between Neurological Disease and Microbiota

Wed, Sep 26, 2018 2:30 PM EDT{LOCAL_TZ}

The Brain-Microbiome Axis: Links Between Neurological Disease and Microbiota

The human microbiome consists of trillions of commensal microbes. These include bacteria, fungi, and viruses, which naturally reside within the human body and have been documented to affect epigenetic mechanisms, metabolic activity, and immune system function. Researchers are now focusing on how microbiome perturbations impact human health and disease. In particular, certain gut microbiota profiles have been strongly linked to the development of neurological disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, stress, and depression. For a more detailed look at how our resident microbes impact our brains, as well as how microbiome manipulation may open potential therapeutic avenues for these disorders, The Scientist is bringing together a panel of experts who will share their research, summarize the state of the science, and discuss the next steps for those looking to adopt the technique. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with experts, ask questions, and seek advice on topics related to their research.

Topics to be Covered:
  • How resident microbiota can influence the neurological health of their host
  • Whether microbiome composition can alter the course of human neurological disease
Jane Foster, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences
McMaster University
Helen Tremlett, PhD
Professor, Canada Research Chair in Neuroepidemiology and Multiple Sclerosis, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health;
Faculty of Medicine (Neurology), University of British Columbia Hospital

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