Everybody knows that feeling you get every now and then, when you feel sad or lonely, you often feel like stuffing yourself with chocolate or other fulfilling food, to feel more comfortable or satisfied. Is it just a feeling of comfort or is your body actually acting different? Where does it come from? Is it the food itself or do we have to zoom in on our intestines and gut bacteria to explain such feelings?
At the next Studium Generale, on 19 May, dr. Sahar El Aidy will tell you about her research on the relation between the gut and the brain, more specifically, how our gut bacteria can influence our mood, health and sometimes even the medication we take. There is still a lot to explore and discover about our guts!
The microbial pharmacy within us
We often talk about a “gut feeling” when we meet someone for the first time and we are told to “trust our gut instinct” when making a difficult decision. This is not just metaphorical, there is in fact science behind it. The gut is able to inform the brain all about what happens in the body. This is because the gut and the brain are connected by an extensive network of neurons, and a highway of chemicals and hormones. As the bacteria in our gut processes the food we eat, they produce a huge number of chemicals, some of which end up in the bloodstream. These chemicals then circulate to the brain which can potentially affect how we feel. This is the focus of El Aidy’s research. In her research team, they study what chemicals are produced by gut bacteria, why the bacteria produce them, and whether they affect our health or interfere with the medication we take.
Sahar El Aidy is experienced in the gut microbiota, its metabolic activity, and interactions with the host immune, metabolic, and neurological functions.
Date: Wednesday 19 May 2021
Time: 20.00 – 21.00 o’clock
This lecture is free of charge, however we ask you to reserve a ticket (via the green button below) so we can send you the link to the online event.