John Cryan

University College Cork, Ireland
Gut Feelings: Microbiome, Brain & Behaviour

John F. Cryan is Professor & Chair, Dept. of Anatomy & Neuroscience, University College Cork and serves on the University’s Governing Body.  He is also a Principal Investigator in the APC Microbiome Institute. He received a B.Sc. (Hons) and PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. He was a visiting fellow at the Dept Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Australia, which was followed by postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA and The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California. He spent four years at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research in Basel Switzerland, as a LabHead, Behavioural Pharmacology prior to joining UCC in 2005. Prof. Cryan’s current research is focused on understanding the interaction between brain, gut & microbiome and how it applies to stress, psychiatric and immune-related disorders at key time-windows across the lifespan.

Prof. Cryan has published over 440 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has a H-index of 91 (Google Scholar). He is a Senior Editor of Neuropharmacology and of Nutritional Neuroscience. He is on the editorial board of a further 15 journals. He has edited three books and is co-author of the bestselling  “The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection” (National Geographic Press, 2017). He has received numerous awards including UCC Researcher of the Year in 2012,  the University of Utrecht Award for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Research in 2013, UCC Research Communicator of the Year 2017, and being named on the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher list in 2014 and Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher list in 2017 and 2018. He was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2017 and serves on UCC’s Governing Body. He also received a Research Mentor Award from the American Gastroenterology Association and the Tom Connor Distinguished Scientist Award from Neuroscience Ireland in 2017 and was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Antwerp, Belgium in 2018. He was a TEDMED speaker in Washington in 2014 and is currently President of the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society.

Abstract
Gut Feelings: Microbiome, Brain & Behaviour

Ever had a “gut feeling” about something? It turns out, the connection between our gut and our brain might be stronger than we think. We are living in a microbial world microbes were here long before humans and increasing emphasis is now given to the role of the microbiome in programming host physiology. In this Talk, John F. Cryan will share surprising facts and insights about how our thoughts and emotions are connected to our guts. He will shares his fascination with biomedicine and why it offers a perfect way to explore the interaction between the brain, gut and microbiome, and how this relationship applies to stress- and immune-related disorders such as depression, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, and neurodevelopmental disorders including autism. Could the microbiome be the secret to healthy aging?.  He will question whether we are at the beginning of a new era in how we understand the relationship between food, mood and brain health – a ‘Psychobiotic Revolution’.