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Gut Thinking – How your Microbes Influence your Life

Ar - Champalimaud Research

Thursday, 21 April 2016 at 21:00 (BST)

Gut Thinking – How your Microbes Influence your Life

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Gut Thinking - How your Microbes Influence your Life

If you think you are 100% human, then you should think again.

The human body contains trillions of microorganisms and our genome is clearly outnumbered by their genes – turning us into Superorganisms. Moreover, microorganisms represent the majority of living things on earth, they are all around and within us, from the very moment we are born.

Although microorganisms generally have a bad reputation for causing diseases, the truth is, the majority of them actually have a positive influence on our health and well-being. For example, in our gut, we host a very diverse population of microorganisms which plays a key role in digesting the food we eat, in communicating with our immune system and they even help us to metabolize drugs. But could these microorganisms also influence our brain and behavior? Could they affect our moods?

To explore how microorganisms influence our lives and how this “Gut-Brain interaction” works, join us in the next Ar event “Gut Thinking”, on April 21st, 21:00 at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown Auditorium.

To help us, we have invited the Award winning neuroscientist, and TED-talk speaker, gut-brain axis expert, Prof. John Cryan who will talk about his studies on how the population of microorganisms in the gut affects the mammalian brain. To tell us about how our interactions with microorganisms may influence our immune system as well as our brain, psychiatry intern and neuroscientist José Oliveira will share with us his PhD work in the field of immunogenetics and psychiatric disorders

Finally, this event will combine a series of hands-on activities developed by a group of microbiologists from the ITQB, in Oeiras, with the work from bio-artist Joana Ricou, whose artwork will expose that idea of us as Superorganisms. Each portrait is a living painting, created with our other selves. Both the hands-on activities and the bioart exhibition will take place both before and after the event, starting from 20h00.

Come and learn about some strange (and curious) things our microorganisms can do. Prepare to be amazed.

Do you have questions about Gut Thinking – How your Microbes Influence your Life? Contact Ar - Champalimaud Research

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Champalimaud Centre For The Unknown
Doca Pedrouços 118
Lisboa
Portugal

Thursday, 21 April 2016 at 21:00 (BST)


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Ar - Champalimaud Research

Ar is the brainchild of a group of neuroscience students and researchers from the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme.  We are working towards a "World moved by crticle and creative thought".

We want to open the doors of the mysterious world of science and the brain to the public and offer a taste of what we do. We’ll show you why science is important for you and the community at large: and how surprisingly fun it can be along the way! 

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