Mind, Mood, Microbes, the 2nd International Conference on Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis – will bring together academics, healthcare professionals, and industry partners from diverse and complimentary fields of expertise to accelerate the translation of research breakthroughs into professional and clinical practice.
The gut-brain axis
The ability of the gut microbiota to communicate with the brain is a new, rapidly growing research field, resulting in promising discoveries relating to health and disease. Mounting evidence suggests that there is two-way communication between the gut microbiota and the brain. We know for a while that the brain affects the intestines. However, a new discovery is that the gut microbiota seems to help shape neural development, brain biochemistry and behaviour. Preclinical research has shown that the gut microbiota can affect the central nervous system via neural, hormonal, metabolic and immunological routes. The results of the first studies among humans into the potential of microbiota management to promote a healthy brain function are promising. The microbiota-gut-brain axis is a very new field. Many things are still unknown how the microbiota affects the brain function. If people succeed in unravelling only a fraction of this field over the coming years, the microbiota-gut-brain axis may become a promising target for influencing mood and behaviour, for instance in people with anxiety disorders and depression, but also in the prevention of conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and autism.
Mind, mood & microbes conference
Converting scientific results into possibilities for clinical practice will be one of the next big challenges. Winclove is proud to be one of the initiating partners of the first conference specifically concerned with the niche field of the microbiota-gut-brain axis: Mind, Mood & Microbes.
The conference not only offers a podium for presentation of the latest developments in research, but is also being held specifically to enable researchers and health care professionals to meet and discuss the subject from their different perspectives. By making these connections and enabling people to learn from each other’s points of view, the conversion from research into clinical practice will be promoted. Besides scientists, health care professionals are therefore also encouraged to take part.