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Your gut does more than indicate when you should trust your instincts. Explore what makes up the gut microbiota, the many roles it plays in maintaining our health, and the communication pathway between these microbes and our brain.
A gut talk: our microbial partners at the center of our health
Corinne Maurice (Assistant Professor, McGill University)
We explore human health from a microbial perspective. The human gut contains trillions of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and eukaryotes) called the gut microbiota. The gut microbiota is central to our digestion, synthesizes vitamins, metabolizes therapeutic drugs, and shapes host immunity; yet we have no clear understanding of “who does what” in the gut. In my lab, we aim to characterize the active members of the gut microbiota, and determine the role of specific viruses to manipulate it.
Gut Microbiota-Brain Entanglement Drives a New Era in Medicine
Susan Westfall (Postdoctoral Fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY.)
Our gut is inhabited by trillions of microbes whose symbiosis is critical for determining our state of health and vitality. In particular, there is a two-way dialogue between this microbial community - known as the gut microbiota - and our brain, creating a new enthusiasm in holistic modern medicine by harnessing the gut-brain-axis. Here we will explore how these seemingly lowely microbes communicate with our brain and have the potential to prevent depression, delay Alzheimer’s disease, eradicate Multiple Sclerosis and even, promote longevity.