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Diet, evolution, gut health and brain function

03 Oct 2018, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Professor John Furness and Dr Martin Stebbing ask the question: exactly how does the gut influence the brain? 

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Professor John Furness

Professor Furness is Head of the Digestive Physiology and Nutrition Laboratory here at The Florey. He has held research and teaching positions at the University of Melbourne and Flinders University. His research has concentrated on the autonomic nervous system, particularly the control of digestive function, and on drug development. His current work concentrates on digestive physiology and nutrition, and on animal models of digestive diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease. He has awards for science and service to science, including Fellowships of the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, the Australian Centenary Medal and the Davenport Award of the American Physiological Society. He currently holds dual positions at the Florey and the University of Melbourne.

Dr Martin Stebbing

Dr Martin Stebbing's major area of research interest is the neurobiology of neuropathic pain and the physiology of sensory systems in the periphery and the spinal cord. Neuropathic pain can follow many kinds of damage to the nervous system, including diabetic neuropathy, infection, trauma (eg car accidents) or iatrogenic injury during surgery (eg. mastectomy, thoracotomy and gall bladder removal). The aim of his research is to develop a better understanding of the function of the dorsal horn and the changes in the nervous system that lead to neuropathic pain. He has taken a multidisciplinary approach to investigating how sensory neural circuits are wired up and how they function. He has utilised several different methods including electrophysiological recordings from single cells using patch clamp, combined with 3-dimensional reconstructions of neuronal morphology using confocal microscopy.

Martin and John will be available to answer all your questions around what makes a healthy gut and how the belly affects the brain.



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What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Tram 19, Stop 11 heading away from the city to the Kenneth Myer Building (opposite Royal Melbourne Hospital). Look for the Dr Dax café sign and you’ll know you’re there.

Reasonably priced parking (including many disabled spaces) is available under the building with easy access to the auditorium. 

Important note: Grattan Street is closed to traffic so if you are attending by car please allow an extra 15 minutes to travel.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Tel: 1800 063 693


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