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  • Date and time: Monday 15 October 2018, 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Location: Room SLB/118, Spring Lane Building, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Audience: Open to Open to all
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Department of Health Sciences Lecture

The event is unfortunately CANCELLED due to unforeseen circumstances. Please accept our apologies for any disappointment. 

With mental disorders the leading source of disability globally, the identification of new targets for prevention and management is imperative. A rapidly emerging field of research suggests that the microbiome-gut-brain axis is of substantial relevance to mood and behaviour. Similarly, unhealthy diet has recently emerged as a significant correlate of and risk factor for depression. This presentation will address the evidence for the gut microbiota as a key factor mediating the link between diet and mental illnesses and focuses on the potential of gut-focused interventions for the prevention and treatment of such disorders.

Recent findings: The development of new technologies is affording a better understanding of how diet influences gut microbiota composition and activity and how this may, in turn, influence mental illness. New evidence is also pointing to the utility of diet in influencing mental health.

Summary: Although in its early stages, the emerging field of research focused on the human microbiome suggests an important role for the gut microbiota in influencing brain development, behaviour and mood in humans.  The recognition that the gut microbiota interacts bi-directionally with other environmental risk factors, particularly diet, suggests promise in the development of interventions targeting the gut microbiota for the prevention and treatment of mental health disorders.

This event is followed by a free drinks reception.

The event is unfortunately CANCELLED due to unforeseen circumstances. Please accept our apologies for any disappointment. 

Professor Felice Jacka, Deakin University, Australia

Professor Jacka is Director of the Food and Mood Centre and founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR). She is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow at Deakin University in Australia, within the IMPACT SRC at the School of Medicine. She also holds Honorary Principal Research Fellow appointments at the Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Centre; The University of Melbourne; and the Black Dog Institute in NSW.

Professor Jacka has pioneered a highly innovative program of research that examines how individuals’ diets, and other lifestyle behaviours, interact with the risk for mental health problems. This research is being carried out with the ultimate goal of developing an evidence-based public health message for the primary prevention of the common mental disorders. She has published extensively in high-impact journals in the mental health field including the American Journal of Psychiatry, World Psychiatry, BMC Medicine, Schizophrenia Bulletin and Lancet Psychiatry.

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Hearing loop


Kerry Cipriano