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ANA Investigates

May 31, 2023

There are trillions of bacteria living inside each of our gastrointestinal tracts and there’s growing evidence that those bacteria communicate with the brain. Some researchers are even hopeful that drugs targeted at the gut microbiome could help treat diseases as diverse as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or autism. The nature of this so-called “gut-brain axis” -- the extent to which bacteria might actually shape brain function and disease -- is the topic of our show today. Dr. Sarkis Mazmanian is the Luis and Nelly Sooks Professor of Microbiology in the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering at Caltech. He’s the recipient of many awards, including a MacArthur Genius Grant, for his work on the gut microbiome axis. Series 4, Episode 8


  • Guest: Dr. Sarkis Mazmanian, Caltech
  • Interviewer: Dr. Adeline Goss, Highland Hospital
  • Producer: Dr. Sara Stern-Nezer, UCI Health
  • Disclosures: Dr. Mazmanian disclosed the following relationships related to this podcast topic: Axial Therapeutics: Board member and Consultant, Nuanced Health: Board member and Consultant, and Seed Health: Board member. This episode does not award CME credit.