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The science of ‘butterflies in your stomach’

17 Sep 2015

by GMFH Editing Team

A recent review, published in Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, covered what we know so far about the gut-brain axis, and especially the role of the hundreds of trillions of microorganisms in the digestive tract.

Francisco Guarner, director of the Digestive System Research Unit at University Hospital Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona (Hospital Universitario Vall d’Hebron), granted us an interview during the 4th Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit 2015 to discuss the microbiota and humans.

A team of scientists led by Premysl Bercik, Associate Professor of Medicine at McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, carried out two sets of experiments with mice with the goal of studying the effect of gut microbiota on behaviour in an established model of anxiety and depression.

The 4th Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit 2015 gave us the opportunity to talk to Joël Doré, Research Director at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - INRA) about the gut microbiota and its role as a “microbial ID”.