Summary: Researchers investigate how the gut microbiome may impact brain development and contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders including ASD and ADHD.
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF) is hosting a free webinar, “Therapeutic Targeting of the Microbiome for Neurodevelopmental Disorders” on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at 2:00 pm EST.
The presenter will be Shelly A. Buffington, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology, & Anatomy at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Buffington is a recipient of a BBRF 2019 Young Investigator Grant. Her work has been published in leading journals, including Nature Neuroscience, Neuron, and Cell, and featured in The Economist and The New York Times.
Traditionally, variation in the genetic code was thought to be the sole cause of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism and ADHD. However, there is growing consensus behind a ‘two hit’ hypothesis, wherein a secondary environmental influence initiates changes during development that contribute to brain and behavioral dysfunction in genetically predisposed children.
Dr. Buffington’s lab focuses on understanding how environmental factors that disrupt the maternal gut microbiome and its remodeling during pregnancy impact neurodevelopment and risk for neurodevelopmental disorders in descendant generations.
Her lab is also investigating the therapeutic potential of targeting the maternal gut microbiome to reduce risk for neurodevelopmental disorders in offspring.
The webinar is hosted by Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, and host of the public television series Healthy Minds.
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