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Microbiome and Mental Health




for Members

Microbiome and Mental Health

Friday, July 24, 2020, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM EDT


Presented By

The New York Academy of Sciences


The brain is affected by bodily changes—including microbiome composition—that influence cognition and behavior.  This 75-minute webinar will explore the interaction between the brain, gut, and microbiome, with a focus on how the microbiome influences developmental, neuropsychiatric, and immune-related disorders, including socioaffective processing disorders such as autism.

In This Webinar, You’ll Learn

  • How the microbiome is seeded and maintained throughout life
  • How stress affects health of the microbiome
  • How changes in microbiome composition result in changes in behavior
  • The latest research in therapies targeting the microbiome

John Cryan
John Cryan, PhD
University College Cork

John Cryan, PhD, is focused on understanding the interaction between brain, gut and microbiome in health and disease.  Dr. Cryan is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at University College Cork in Ireland and a Principal Investigator in APC Microbiome Ireland. Prof. Cryan has published over 500 articles and is the co-author of “The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection”. He has been a TEDMED speaker and is immediate Past-President of the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society.

Kirsten Tillisch
Kirsten Tillisch, MD
University of California, Los Angeles

Kirsten Tillisch, MD, was the first to demonstrate an effect of gut microbial manipulation with probiotics on emotional brain responses.  Her ongoing research is focused on the role of the mind-body connection in chronic pain syndromes as well as the effects of mindfulness, hypnotherapy and other non-drug therapies for irritable bowel syndrome.  She is the Chief of Integrative Medicine at the Greater Los Angeles VA and a Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.