The Microbiome and Mental Health

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The Microbiome and Mental Health

Stress can aggravate inflammatory diseases by affecting the relationship between gut bacteria and the immune system. Treatment with immune-regulating bacteria may help prevent against stress-induced illness, a study in mice suggests. In this study, Dr. Lowry investigates how stress acts on the normal relationship between the body and the microbial community occupying the body, which is collectively called the microbiota. Dr. Lowry found that stress disrupts this relationship, resulting in elevated inflammation. These findings can help researchers develop microbiome- and immunoregulation-based strategies to prevent disorders related to stress.

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Presented by 
Christopher Lowry, Ph.D.
Christopher Lowry, Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Boulder

Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Physiology

2007, 2010 Young Investigator Grantee

Moderated by 
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

President and CEO


Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., serves as the President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants. Dr. Borenstein developed the Emmy-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host and executive producer of the series. The program, broadcast nationwide, is available online, and focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Borenstein is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and serves as the Chair of the Section of Psychiatry at the Academy. He also has served as the President of the New York State Psychiatric Association. Dr. Borenstein earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and his medical degree at New York University.