Web article features Professor Ted Dinan (UCC)

How Your Gut Affects Your Mood

It is becoming clearer that the microrganisms of the body do not work in isolation. Microbes in the gut that can potentially benefit brain and behaviour are called psychobiotics. Professor Ted Dinan of University College Cork and MyNewGut partner is featured in this article due to his work in this area.

Illustration by ANNA KOVECSES

Gaps in Science and Innovation


Yolanda Sanz, the coordinator of MyNewGut spoke at the OECD Workshop on “The Microbiome, Diet and Health: Assessing Gaps in Science and Innovation” in  Brussels, on the 30-31 of May 2016. The workshop will convene scientific, policy, and industry leaders involved in the fields of human microbial and food research, food and drug regulation, and nutraceutical production.

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MyNewGut podcast interview 2: developing innovative food ingredients and products to target the human gut microbiome

Part 2 of the MyNewGut podcast is out!

This time around we asked Dr Joan Vermeiren who works in the Nutrition Science Group of Cargill to introduce their work in Work Package 7 of the MyNewGut project:

  1. Can you introduce Work Package 7 and how it fits into the MyNewGut project as a whole?
  2. What is already known about how ingredients interact with the human gut microbiome?
  3. Why did you choose these ingredients/compounds, why are they interesting to research?
  4. What kind of microbiome / health change are you expecting?
  5. How will you know these novel ingredients are safe?
  6. How will these products be different than the ones already existing on the market?


Podcast 1 with Professor Yolanda Sanz of the Spanish National Research Council. She introduces the MyNewGut project and her role as co-ordinator.

Cereal and other fibres, definition, dietary recommendations, health effects and new perspectives


At the 15th ICC International Cereal and Bread Congress, Dr Jan Willem van der Kamp of MyNewGut partner TNO lectured in the Healthgrain Forum Session on “Cereal and Other Fibres, Definition, Dietary Recommendations, Health Effects and New Perspectives”. He presented recent insights in the beneficial effects of cereal fibres (more than of other fibres) for risk reduction for heart diseases, diabetes type-2 and colon cancer, and for inducing short-term mental benefits such as reduction of stress. His lecture, was with two others awarded as excellent presentation of the congress.

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Microbes and the gut brain axis


Ted Dinan MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and APC Microbiome Institute, University College, Cork presented at the 3rd Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum: Europe in London. 11th – 12th April 2016. Below is a summary of his presentation on microbes and the gut brain axis:

Evidence is accumulating to suggest that gut microbes may be involved in neural development and function, both peripherally in the enteric nervous system and centrally in the brain. There is an increasing and intense current interest in the role that gut bacteria play in maintaining the health of the host. Altogether the mass of intestinal bacteria represents a virtual inner organ with 100 times the total genetic material contained in all the cells in the human body.

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