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Microbiota Brain Axis - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128148006

Microbiota Brain Axis

1st Edition

A Neuroscience Primer

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Authors: Jane Foster Rochellys Diaz Heijtz
Paperback ISBN: 9780128148006
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st September 2021
Page Count: 496
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Microbiota Brain Axis: A Neuroscience Primer provides neuroscience researchers with a comprehensive guide on how to conduct effective microbiota-brain research, understand the appropriate methodologies, and collect and analyze microbiota data. The book begins with an introduction to the importance of the microbiota-brain communication in development and how microbiota impact neurodevelopmental disorders, mental health and neurodegeneration. In addition, the book discusses advances in microbiota analysis tools and techniques for neuroscience related research.

Key Features

  • Reviews the many approaches to manipulating the microbiota in animal studies - including the use of germ-free animals, antibiotics and diet - and covers the strengths and limitations of each
  • Outlines available microbiota research tools, such as 16S sequencing and shot-gun metagenomics
  • Provides a comprehensive guide to analyzing microbiota-related data and the many choices for bioinformatics


Advanced students, basic researchers, and clinical researchers in behavioral neuroscience, neuroimmunology, biological psychiatry, developmental neuroscience, and related fields; researchers in physiology, nutrition, immunology, and gastroenterology

Table of Contents

1. Gut-brain Axis
2. Research approaches to manipulate/study microbiota
3. Microbiota analysis tools and techniques
4. What is a healthy microbiome?
5. Gene-environment contributions to microbiota composition, diversity, and function
6. Microbiota-brain communication in neurodevelopment – the first 1000 days
7. Microbiota in neurodevelopmental disorders
8. Microbiota-brain interactions in mental health – adolescence and adult
9. Microbiota-brain interactions in neurodegeneration
10. Antibiotics
11. Probiotics
12. Fecal transplantation
13. Microbiota-related biomarkers for precision medicine and drug discovery
14. Future considerations


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About the Authors

Jane Foster

Dr. Jane Foster is a 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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Rochellys Diaz Heijtz

Dr. Rochellys Diaz Heijtz is an Associate Professor of Translational Neuroscience at the Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. Her research studies have a long-term goal of understanding the biological basis of neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD, ADHD), and how genes and the environment (prenatal and/or early postnatal) together influence brain development and behavior. Her research program includes basic studies investigating the impact of the gut microbiota on the development of neuronal circuitries that control emotional, motor and social behavior. Furthermore, ongoing clinical studies are investigating the potential role of the gut microbiota in the pathophysiology of ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

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