Gut Feelings Research Group

Gut Feelings Research Group The Gut Feelings Research Group is an interdisciplinary team focused on understanding interactions between the gut and the brain and the gut microbiome.

The gut and the brain are connected by multiple signalling pathways including nerve, hormone and immune pathways. It is now accepted that the gut and the brain communicate along these pathways and that mental health and stress can influence gut function and abnormalities in the gut can change the brain and behaviour. The gut feelings research group focuses on this bidirectional relationship between the gut and the brain in patients with both mental health disorders and gastrointestinal disorders. We are particularly interested in how changes in bacteria in the gut may contribute to mental health. There are trillions of bacteria living in the human gut that are essential for breaking down food and normal digestive health. Recently we have learned that bacteria in our gut also communicate with our brain and may be important for mental health. Studies in animals have shown that changing the bacteria in the gut can change anxiety behaviour in the mouse. Our group is working to explore whether gut bacteria are also important for mental health in humans. We are conducting some of the first studies in humans on the gut bacteria profile of patients with psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. We are also working to understand how gut bacteria may contribute to anxiety and depression in patients with gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. We hope that understanding the role our gut bacteria play in mental health could lead to improved prevention and treatment for patients with psychiatric and gastrointestinal disorders.

Mission: The Gut Feelings Research Group is an interdisciplinary team focused on understanding how interactions between the gut and the brain and the gut microbiome may contribute to mental health in order to better prevent and treat mental illness.

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08/02/2016
Understanding Pre and Probiotics

Ever wonder what the difference is between pre and probiotics ? Watch this video by the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation for a quick summary!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1XWTbdWK-M

Probiotics are live microorganisms that you ingest to increase the diversity of your microbiome. They can help keep you strong, healthy and resilient to inva...

07/26/2016
McMaster captures two national patient-oriented research networks worth $25M

IMAGINE-SPOR is a Canadian network of scientists led by McMaster University's Dr. Paul Moayyedi. Click the link below to learn how Canadian doctors are listening to patients to plan new treatment strategies.

http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/main/news/news_2016/chronic_disease_research_announcement.html

McMaster University is receiving two of five large federal grants for pioneering developments in patient-oriented health care, Canada's Minister of Health announced today.

Hey Everyone! The Gut Feelings Research Group is looking for volunteers in the Hamilton area! Compensation is provided!!
07/25/2016

Hey Everyone! The Gut Feelings Research Group is looking for volunteers in the Hamilton area! Compensation is provided!!

Interested in how mood disorders and gastrointestinal disease may be linked? Check out this Canadian article!http://www....
07/20/2016
Gut bacteria could have an impact on your mood and mental health

Interested in how mood disorders and gastrointestinal disease may be linked? Check out this Canadian article!
http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/health/bowel-bacteria-crohns-1.3452155

The trillions of bacteria inhabiting your gut eat what you eat, and turn meals into molecules that affect your brain. That can be a healthy relationship, or a serious health problem in the case of Crohn's and other forms of inflammatory bowel disease, which affect one out of 150 Canadians.

Ever wonder what we mean by Gut-Brain Axis?
07/18/2016

Ever wonder what we mean by Gut-Brain Axis?

Some great work out of #McMaster University! The Farncombe Insitute is a key player in the field of gut microbiome resea...
07/18/2016
Link between intestinal bacteria, depression found

Some great work out of #McMaster University! The Farncombe Insitute is a key player in the field of gut microbiome research.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/07/150728110734.htm

The complex mechanisms of interaction and dynamics between the gut microbiota and its host have been illuminated by recent research. Data show that relatively minor changes in microbiota profiles or its metabolic activity induced by neonatal stress can have profound effects on host behavior in adult...

Here is a link to the Nature journal, where you can find all kinds of research in various areas of science!http://www.na...
07/13/2016
Journal home : Nature

Here is a link to the Nature journal, where you can find all kinds of research in various areas of science!
http://www.nature.com/nature/index.html

Dead X-ray satellite reveals galaxy cluster surprise NASA, ESA, NRAO and L. Frattare (STScI) A fortuitous observation by Japan's Hitomi probe shows the calm centre of the Perseus cluster. From the last gasp of a failed satellite comes a brief glimpse of galaxies far, far away. Before it broke in Mar...

Have you been diagnosed with anxiety or depression? We are looking for participants in the Hamilton area!
07/12/2016

Have you been diagnosed with anxiety or depression? We are looking for participants in the Hamilton area!

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07/11/2016

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07/11/2016

Gut Feelings Research Group's cover photo

Gut Feelings Research Group
07/05/2016

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