Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center

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Brain Gut Relationship

What is the Brain Gut Microbiome System?

The brain gut microbiome (BGM) system is a network of bidirectional connections between our brain, our gut and the trillions of microbes living inside the gut. It plays a crucial role in mediating the effects of diet, stress and emotions on our health, and alterations in the system and the resulting metabolic and immunological consequences are being increasingly identified as factors in the chronic non-infectious disease epidemic of today.

Our Programs

As well as broadening our understanding of the intricate workings of the brain gut microbiome system and the influence of environmental factors on this complex system, investigators at the center are exploring the role of the brain gut microbiome system in common conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, diabetes, dementia and drug abuse, and developing novel therapies for these disorders.

Microbiome program


Supporting the groundbreaking work underway at the Goodman-Luskin Microbiome Center is a unique setup of specialized services ranging from neuroimaging to microbiome sequencing to data analysis. The seven research cores and one administrative core are both efficient and cost-effective.