Boushra Dalile is currently a PhD student at the Translational Research Center for Gastrointestinal Disorders (TARGID) at KU Leuven, Belgium. She has a background in psychology and cognitive neuroscience and her previous research experience includes electroencephalography in the context of error awareness (University of Skövde, Sweden), as well as behavioral and neural basis of second language acquisition (Max Planck Institute, Germany). Currently she is pursuing multidisciplinary research on the role of short chain fatty acids in the microbiota-gut-brain axis, specifically looking at their influence on a multitude of psychological outcomes in humans.
About her talk:
"Short chain fatty acids: The microbiome’s route to the brain?"
Her presentation reviews the multiple mechanisms through which short chain fatty acids (the end products of dietary fiber fermentation in the colon) possibly mediate the bidirectional communicate between the gastrointestinal tract (and host microbiota) and the central nervous system, potentially extending the effects of fiber fermentation to psychological well-being.