March 20, 2020

Dear Gastronauts,

We very much hope that you are all safe at home.

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, we have made the hard decision to cancel our Gastronauts Seminar Series through May 2020. In addition, the organizing board of Gastronauts Nantes 2020 has decided to postpone our Global Symposium to May 11-13, 2021. 

These actions have been taken with the goal to enable our Gastronauts Community to remain safe and come back stronger than ever once the health emergency has passed. For those Gastronauts who have registered for Nantes 2020, if you cannot attend the new meeting dates, we will refund your registration fees. Otherwise, your current fees will be applied towards the new date. 

Gastronauts is a venue that fosters diversity, values sharing our science openly, and strives to continue building a strong community. Those principles have brought us here and will continue to keep us moving forward in our quest to advance scientific discovery on gut brain matters.

Please email us at with any questions you may have. 

Sincere regards,

The Gastronauts Management Team


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 2021 – is set May 11-13 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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