Event Title

A Brief Overview on Gut Microbiota, Stress, and Cognition

Presenter Information

Waylin Yu, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 122

Start Date

30-4-2015 1:14 PM

End Date

30-4-2015 2:25 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

The human body hosts trillions of microorganisms that colonize the human body during postnatal development. These bacteria are typically known to perform important metabolic tasks that affect nutrient absorption, as well as the maturation of the immune system. However, a recent line of research has found that microbial composition in the gastrointestinal tract can also affect the brain and behavior. The literature points to the gut microbiota-brain axis, a bidirectional network, as a central target for understanding the pathogenesis of various brain disorders, including autism, depression, and Parkinsons disease. The current presentation provides a brief overview on how changes in gut microbiota influences environmental factors (e.g. diet, antibiotic exposure, stress) and affects cognition and cognition-related behavior.

Faculty Sponsor

Melissa Glenn

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Psychology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1063

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Apr 30th, 1:14 PM Apr 30th, 2:25 PM

A Brief Overview on Gut Microbiota, Stress, and Cognition

Diamond 122

The human body hosts trillions of microorganisms that colonize the human body during postnatal development. These bacteria are typically known to perform important metabolic tasks that affect nutrient absorption, as well as the maturation of the immune system. However, a recent line of research has found that microbial composition in the gastrointestinal tract can also affect the brain and behavior. The literature points to the gut microbiota-brain axis, a bidirectional network, as a central target for understanding the pathogenesis of various brain disorders, including autism, depression, and Parkinsons disease. The current presentation provides a brief overview on how changes in gut microbiota influences environmental factors (e.g. diet, antibiotic exposure, stress) and affects cognition and cognition-related behavior.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/354