Gastronauts

Dr. Gary Wu is visiting us on September 3, 2019

Dr. Wu is the Ferdinand G. Weisbrod Professor in Gastroenterology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where he is the Associate Chief for Research in the Division of Gastroenterology and is also the Associate Director of the Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Disease. He is currently Director and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the American Gastroenterological Association Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education and is an elected member of both the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians. The research programs in the Wu laboratory focus on the mutualistic interactions between the gut microbiota and the host with a particular focus on metabolism. Growing evidence suggests that diet impacts upon both the structure and function of the gut microbiota that, in turn, influences the host in fundamental ways. Current areas of investigation include the effect of diet on the composition of the gut microbiota and its subsequence effect on host metabolism related to nitrogen balance as well as its impact on metabolic pathways in the intestinal epithelium, principally fatty acid oxidation. Through a UH3 roadmap initiate grant, he is helping to direct a project investigating the impact of diet on the composition of the gut microbiome and its relationship to therapeutic responses associated with the treatment of patients with Crohn’s disease using an elemental diet. Finally, Dr. Wu is leading a multidisciplinary group of investigators using phosphorescent nanoprobe technology to examine the dynamic oxygen equilibrium between the host and the gut microbiota at the intestinal mucosal interface. 

See some of his work here.

JOIN US: SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 @ 4PM in MSRB3 1125

About

In late 2014, Duke University scientists led by Diego Bohórquez got together to share data and to talk gut-brain science. Little did they know, this meeting would give birth to GASTRONAUTS – a community of researchers passionate about gut-brain matters.

All knowledge comes from people who eat. As such, we are engineers, biologists, neuroscientists, psychiatrists, therapists, patients, science communicators who care about gut-brain matters. From food to mood, we are always thinking about how to tap into the gut to improve human health and the world we live in.

Our mantra is where the gut meets the brain. That mantra has fostered a lively monthly seminar series at Duke University. From September to May, every first Tuesday of the month we gather at 4PM to celebrate knowledge. That mantra has also gone to places. Gastronauts has a biannual symposium. The first of its kind was a special gathering at Duke in 2016 only to be followed by a world class symposium: Gastronauts Singapore 2018. The date for the next experience – Gastronauts Nantes 2020 – is set May 19-21 and the sauce is brewing.

Do you like this intersection? Cheer us on. Would you like to accelerate our research? Funding is the way. Should you find yourself resonating with our mantra, join us. Together we can create knowledge that may enable us to treat diseases of the brain from the gut.

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