The ISM Scientific Contribution Award 2017 was discerned to Prof. Paul Forsythe

According to Prof. Forsythe: "Changes in gut microbiota can modulate the peripheral and central nervous systems, resulting in altered brain function, and suggesting the existence of a microbiota gut-brain axis. In this presentation I will examine recent examples of evidence in rodents, and data derived from studies in humans, that support microbe-based interventions for stress-related disorders and offer insights as to pathways involved.  Such studies demonstrate that despite the complexity of the gut microbiota, exposure to a single microbial strain can protect against certain stress-induced behaviours and systemic immune alterations. I will also discuss evidence suggesting a potential role of early-life antibiotic use in the development of neuropsychiatric disorders, and the possible attenuation of these by beneficial bacteria."

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