Saturday, August 13 • 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Poster: The Interaction Between the Gut Microbiome and Mood

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The gut interacts with the central nervous system (CNS) through extrinsic and enteric nerves, cellular messengers, and the microbiome. The gut microbiome is the sum of the bacteria that can be found in the human gut, and these bacteria engage in bidirectional communication with the central nervous system (CNS). The high co-morbidity between functional gut disorders--such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)--and mood disorders suggests a shared cause, and current evidence points toward the microbiome as that cause. This presentation will discuss: how a gut microbiome is established during early-life; how an organism and its microbiome can be altered throughout life via diet, administration of probiotics, and infection by pathogenic bacteria; and the possible mechanisms by which the gut microbiome modifies mood and behavior. Additionally, practical applications of the research and its consequences for everyday life will be discussed.

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Rachel Suppok

BS in Neuroscience
Rachel Suppok has earned her B.S. in Neuroscience and gained laboratory experience studying inflammation and behavior in mice and rats. She has also suffered from a functional bowel disorder, the effects of an unhealthy gut microbiome, and anxiety--all of which she now hypothesizes... Read More →

Saturday August 13, 2016 2:40pm - 4:10pm MDT