The extraordinary link between the gut and the brain

Event is sold out. A recording will be made available following the event.

Our gut and brain are linked by an expansive network of neurons, chemicals and hormones that provide feedback about our mood, whether we are hungry, or if we’ve ingested a disease-causing microbe. The relatively new appreciation of how gut health can affect our brains is leading to a shift within medicine, and specifically a shift towards maintaining and improving healthy gut bacteria. The “brain in your gut” provides us an emerging and remarkable glimpse into the enteric nervous system and its role in regulating brain development and behaviour.

In this seminar, we will look at how diet and nutrition can affect the treatment and prevention of mental disorders, the link between the gut bacteria and various disabilities, and digestive tract disorders.


The gut, the brain and evolving health challenges

John Furness Professor, Digestive physiology and nutrition, University of Melbourne and Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Your Gut-Brain Connection: How, Why and So What?

Amy Loughman Associate Lecturer, Industry Fellow, RMIT University

Changes in gut function in autism

Elisa Hill ARC Future Fellow / RMIT Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow