Episode 21

Do Gut Microbes Really Talk to the Brain? with Dr. Elaine Hsiao

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One of the most intriguing scientific questions in the field of microbiome science is the question of how the trillions of microbes living in our gut communicate with our brain, and what influence this communication has on our mind and our our health.

Dr. Elaine Hsiao, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology at UCLA is an internationally recognized authority on the interactions between the gut microbes, the immune system and the brain.

She has published seminal papers on the role of the gut microbiome in mouse models of autism spectrum disorders and epilepsy and has won numerous awards.