From mice to livestock: RDF-funded symposium at Aberystwyth University

On 24-25 April, Multi-Land  Fellow Dr Diego Moya (Aberystwyth University) hosted a 2-day symposium exploring the potential of the gut-microbiome-brain axis regulation in animal production. Over 50 attendees from 27 Universities, research institutions and private companies contributed to the discussions around the implementation of current knowledge from rodent models and humans into livestock animal production. It is essential to unravel the mechanisms by which the microbiota and their metabolites are modulating stress responsiveness, pain modulation and intake behaviour of livestock animals.

The first day focused on the neuroscience of behaviour, cognition and mood with presentations by Prof Dominic Dwyer (Cardiff University), Prof Michael Mendl (University of Bristol), Dr Alan McElligott (Queen Mary University of London), Prof Cathy Dwyer (Scotland’s Rural College) and Prof Mark Rutter (Harper Adams University). On day two, Prof Jamie Newbold and Dr Sebastian McBride (Aberystwyth University), Prof Simon Carding (Institute of Food Research), Dr Eoin Sherwin (University College of Cork) and Dr Primrose Freestone (University of Leicester) discussed the effects of diet and gut microbiome on brain function.

The symposium ended with a round-table discussion chaired by Prof Andy Smith (Multi-Land Cluster leader, Bangor University), where the complexity and cross-cutting characteristics of this research field was highlighted.

Full panel of symposium speakers at the (not so) round table discussion. Full panel of symposium speakers at the (not so) round table discussion.

Publication date: 3 May 2017