Event facts

  • Location: Aberystwyth University, Main Medrus room, Penglais Campus
  • Time: Monday 24 April 2017, 12:00 – Tuesday 25 April 2017, 12:00
  • Presenter: Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences
  • Contact: Dr Diego Moya Fernandez
  • More information: Registration page

April 2017


From mice to livestock: Exploring the potential of the gut-microbiome-brain axis regulation in animal production

Symposium funded by the NRN-LCEE Research Development Fund

Over the past decade, a growing body of literature has demonstrated that the gut-microbiome- brain axis plays a key role in the normal neurodevelopment and behaviour of rodent models and in human subjects. Changes in the microbiota community structure have been associated with negative health outcomes, such as nutrition/metabolic related disorders and immune-mediated diseases. Additionally, the microbiota and its metabolites are likely to be involved in modulating behaviours and brain processes, including stress responsiveness, pain modulation and intake behaviour. This raises the potential of targeting this system in other species, such as in livestock animals, in order to develop novel ways to modulate animal stress-susceptibility and feeding behaviour, and hence improving animal health, welfare and productivity.


The aim of this two-day symposium is to bring together experts on the fields of human and animal nutrition, microbiology, behaviour and neurobiology to:

-        Share state-of-the art research on the gut-microbiome-brain axis.

-        Generate dialogue and facilitate greater research collaboration across disciplines, sectors, research institutes and countries.

-        Strengthen the scientific rigor of the field of neurocognition of livestock animals, including concepts, frameworks, measures and methods.

See attached pdf for the full programme of the event.


Additional Information

Hosted in Aberystwyth (Main Medrus room, Penglais Campus, this event will have a noon-to-noon format over 2 days in Aberystwyth University, and will include national and international speakers covering state-of-the-art research from different disciplines related to to the gut-microbiome-brain axis (see programme below).

A round-table discussion will also be organized the last day with the ultimate goal of developing a common agenda of research priorities and funding bids to understand the opportunities and challenges of manipulating the gut-microbiome-brain axis in livestock animals.

Meals, refreshments and accommodation are included with the free registration, along with a complimentary social dinner on Monday night. Free parking is available at the venue in the University car park. Please visit the website of Aberystwyth University for more information about your transport options.


For further information and registration click here

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