Exploring the Brain-Gut Connection
From neural connections to potential biochemical effects of an altered microbiome to new thoughts about the blood-brain barrier, we are closer to understanding how gastrointestinal factors affect the brain and behavior. We will demonstrate this with clinical examples in individuals with autism.
- The participant will analyze the factors explaining the brain-gut interface, including neurological and humoral factors that comprise the brain gut connection.
- The participant will incorporate the current literature investigating the effects of the intestinal microbiome on the brain.
- The participant will integrate the information provided to discuss case studies illustrating behaviors in autism that are related to brain-gut dysfunction.