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CAPTP Lecture: Gut Reactions: The Mind-Gut Connection

Date: Feb 14, 2018 7:30 pm

The Frieda Fromm-Reichmann Graduate Society of The Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program William Alanson White Institute
20 West 74th Street
New York, NY


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Gut Reactions:
The Mind-Gut Connection and How Gut Microbes Influence Our Behaviour and Mental Health

Jane A. Foster, Ph.D.

In the past 5 years, there has been a remarkable growth in the interest and enthusiasm for microbiome research. Work to date by our group and others suggest that microbiota influence brain structure, gene expression of stress-related and plasticity-related genes, stress-reactivity, and behaviour. Gut microbiota composition and function are influenced both by genetics, age, sex, diet, life experiences, and many other factors. This presentation will discuss our results focused on how host-microbe interactions influence brain structure and behaviour, with a particular focus on mental health.


Dr. Foster is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. She holds a research appointment as a Scientific Associate with the University Health Network and as a Scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, ON. Dr. Foster is an active researcher in two large translational networks - the Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders Network (POND) and the Canadian Biomarkers in Depression (CAN-BIND). Dr. Foster’s research focuses on the role of immune- brain and gut-brain interactions on neurodevelopment, behaviour, and brain function. Dr. Foster hopes that her research accomplishments lead to a better understanding of how these relationships contribute to psychiatric disorders such as neurodevelopmental disorders, anxiety and depression.


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Learning Objectives:

1.  Attendees will be exposed to the latest developments in mind-gut interaction research.

2.  Attendees will learn about how microbiota influence brain structure, stress-reactivity and mental health.

3.  Attendees will learn how gut microbiota composition are influenced by many factors, genetic and environmental.


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This is an invitation to explore and consider the many ways of thinking about the treatment of children, adolescents and their families. How do we understand the person before us? What is helpful in the short-term? What produces lasting and meaningful change? We will consider developmental, neuroscientific, and psychoanalytic approaches to understanding the meaning of symptomatic behaviors.