Food for thought: How gut microbes change your mind

Can gut bacteria change our mind? Watch John Cryan, MyNewGut partner and microbiome expert from the University College Cork, explain the interaction between the brain, gut and microbiome via TEDx Talks.

Look back at when John Cryan shared suprising facts and insights about how our thoughts and emotions are connected to our guts via TEDMED talk.

MyNewGut at the 31st EFFoST International Conference

The MyNewGut project was represented this year at the 31st EFFoST International Conference held in Sitges, Spain from 14-16 November 2017.

The two-hour session on MyNewGut kicked-off with an introduction of the project by Hayley Every of EFFoST, which was followed by a presentation by Kevin Portune of CSIC who spoke on the effects of dietary protein sources, the quantity of human intestinal microbiota, as well as host physiology.

The session continued as Peter Holzer of MUG discussed the effect of food on mood, and Marta Olivares of UCL gave insights from preclinical studies on the gut microbiota and metabolic disorders. Marina Romani of CSIC then proposed strategies to promote metabolic health using probiotics.

The session wrapped up with a Q&A, where the audience had the opportunity ask questions about the project, as well as the role of the microbiome in human health and wellbeing.



SAVE THE DATE: MyNewGut Final Conference

The MyNewGut Final conference will be held in Brussels, Belgium on the 18 October 2018.

The final results of the MyNewGut project will be revealed. Be sure to reserve your place! Registration details will be announced shortly.

Dr Sandrine Claus on 'The Gut Stuff'

What is the difference between probiotics and prebiotics?

To understand the difference, we can consider probiotics as ‘renting’ health and prebiotics as ‘buying the house’. Getting them from our food, rather than supplements, increases the likelihood that our good gut bacteria will get exactly what it needs to thrive.    

Does having a healthy gut make you skinny? 

Dr Sandrine Claus tells us that no one knows what a healthy gut looks like, not yet anyway. The search is still on for the ‘golden poo’, or the perfect combination of bacteria in the gut. 

Effect of bacterial metabolites on the gut

On the 23-26 of March 2017, Francois Blachier from the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) spoke about how slight differences in the structure of bacterial metabolites may result in different significant effects on the gut cells.

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