Microbiome and Gut-Brain Axis

This month 21st May we had scheduled Professor Andrew Holmes to speak on the Gut Microbiome.

We have decided to split the material on this subject into 3 sections as shown below.

  • An introduction by Dr. Giulia Enders “The gut, The inside story of our Body’s most underrated organ” (click on the tedX)
  • Professor Andrew Holmes interviewed by Tom Ballard and Julia Zemiro talking about the gut and referencing the talk by Dr.Giulia Enders.
  • For those who are interested in more details there is a more academic lecture on the Microbiome  by Professor Lora Hooper

Dr.Giulia Enders is working to reveal how our gut is at the core of who we are.

Dr.Giulia Enders

Giulia Enders is a medical doctor and author from Germany. In 2012, her presentation "Darm mit Charme" ("Charming Bowles") won her first prize at the Science Slam in Berlin and went viral on YouTube. Shortly after that she was asked to write a book which turned out a great success in Germany and around the world.

Her bestseller Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ has sold more than four million copies and has been published in over 40 countries. Today Enders is doing research for her medical doctorate at the Institute for Microbiology in Frankfurt and has continued to communicate science in TV and museum projects.

Giulia Enders’ TED talk 14:03 The surprisingly charming science of your gut

Podcast by Professor Andrew Holmes

Professor Andrew Holmes

Professor Andrew Holmes School of Molecular Bioscience and Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney.

Andrew has general interests in microbial diversity, its evolutionary origins and ecological applications. He did his PhD studies at the University of Queensland (1989-1992) before postdoctoral stints at the University of Warwick, UK (1992-1996) and Macquarie University (1996-2002).

In 2002 he commenced his current position at the University of Sydney where he is now Associate Professor in the School of Molecular Bioscience and Microbiome Project node leader in the Charles Perkins Centre. Andrew’s current research is focussed on understanding the dynamics of gut microbial community composition, the mechanisms of host-microbe interaction in the gut and development of tools to enable management of the gut microbial ecosystem for health.

He has particular interests in the relationship between our nutrient environment and its effect on host-microbiome interactions in health. He is a Senior Editor for Microbiology and The ISME Journal and a member of the Editorial Boards of Applied and Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Microbiology

Listen to Andrew Holmes's podcast

Professor Lora Hooper

Lora Hooper, a professor of immunology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, describes her career as “a random walk in science.” Her pursuit of science was aided by inspirational mentors who pointed her in directions she might not otherwise have taken. These unexpected turns ultimately led her to study the microbiome: the community of microorganisms that reside in and on multicellular organisms, including humans. When she began her studies, the microbiome was poorly understood and received little attention, but it has increasingly become apparent that the microbiome is essential for human health. In recognition of her work, particularly on how the microbiome manages to safely coexist with its host, Hooper was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2015.


Microbiome and Gut-Brain Axis

Lecture by:
Dr Andrew Holmes
Associate Professor
May 2020