Gastronauts

Mauro Costa-Mattioli visiting on May 7th

Dr. Costa-Mattioli is the Cullen Foundation Endowed Chair of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. His laboratory’s primary aim is to understand the neurobiological basis of long-term memory formation. They seek to understand what happens in the brain when a memory is formed and more specifically how a labile short-term memory becomes a stable long-term memory. Disorders of learning and memory can strike the brain of individuals during development (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder or Down syndrome), as well as during adulthood (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease). They are also interested in understanding the specific circuits and/or molecular pathways that are primarily targeted in cognitive disorders and how they can be restored. To tackle these questions, they use a multidisciplinary, convergent and cross-species approach that combines mouse and fly genetics, molecular biology, electrophysiology, imaging, stem cell biology, optogenetics and behavioral techniques.

See his work here.

Join us! May 7 @ 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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