Research News Professor John F. Cryan Professor & Chair at UCC Anatomy & Neuroscience secures a 4.8m grant to investigate gut brain connections

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Professor John F. Cryan Professor & Chair at UCC Anatomy & Neuroscience secures a 4.8m grant to investigate gut brain connections

Research news shows the professor is currently leading a team of researchers to investigate Gut & Microbiome connections as relates to various immune and neuro-psychiatric conditions. The research looks very innovative and may shed light on such gut brain connections in Autism and related neuro-developmental disorders.

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Early studies conducted in mice have paved the way for more research in the area, which hopes to yield treatment interventions with novel new approaches.

In 2014 Professor Cryan along with colleague Dr.Mark Lyte of Texas Tech University published Microbial Endocrinology: The Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis in Health and Disease. A groundbreaking work on the subject of gut brain connections.

Dr Lyte has spent over 25 years trying to prove that gut microbes communicate with the nervous system using some of the same neurochemicals that relay messages in the brain.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/28/magazine/can-the-bacteria-in-your-gut-explain-your-mood.html?_r=0

Tying into the work of professor Cryan the two passionate researchers are heralding a new era in gut brain connection discoveries.

Current research interests of Professor Cryan include the neurobiological basis of stress-related neuropsychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety and drug dependence. Moreover, his group is also focused on understanding the interaction between brain, gut & microbiome and how it applies to stress and immune-related disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome and obesity and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. He is also interested in applying novel approaches to facilitate drug/siRNA delivery to the brain in vivo.

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Prof. Cryan’s research group consists of 12 Postdoctoral Fellows, 14 PhD students, 2 MD students, 2 MSc Students, 3 research scientists and various visiting students from Ireland, Spain, The Netherlands, USA & Canada. It is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the Health Research Board, Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Research Council. Moreover, Prof. Cryan receives funding as a PI on the two different EU Framework 7 Programme grants.

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