National Science Week: The Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis via Zoom

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The Gut. The Brain. We all have one but how do they affect our mental health? Join Dr Cowan as we learn about the Microbiome-Gut axis

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This science week event is presented as part of Inspiring Australia NSW’s series The Science of Us.

The microbiome-gut-brain axis: What is it and how can it affect our mental health?

Bacteria and viruses have a bad reputation, especially in these times of a global pandemic. But not all bugs are bad for us. In fact, some of them actually help us to digest food and keep our bodies healthy. Recently, scientists have been studying how the bugs in our guts (the “microbiome”) might even influence our brains and our behaviour through a complex bodily system known as the microbiome-gut-brain axis. Join this talk to learn about the scientific research showing that the microbiome can influence our mental health.

About Dr Caitlin Cowan

Dr Caitlin Cowan is a psychologist and research fellow at the University of Sydney. She earned her PhD from the University of New South Wales and worked with some of the world leaders in the study of the microbiome-gut-brain axis – Prof John Cryan and Prof Ted Dinan – at the APC Microbiome Ireland, before returning to Australia to start her own research program.

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