Gastronauts Global 2021

To make us who we are, food must agree with the gut and the brain. This venue for scientific gut-brain dialogue is Gastronauts

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When a behavioral neuroscientist sits with a synthetic biologist for breakfast, one can envision a witty probiotic designed to tame our cravings.

At our Global event, the table will be served with fine ideas carefully nourished in laboratories around the world. Guts in space, mind bending gut surgery, guts on a chip, and self-medicating chimps are just a few of the topics to be delivered by our carefully curated list of scientists.

This virtual event will include six stellar scientific sessions of two hours each with a total of 30 speakers culminating in more than 720 minutes of solid intellectual fun!

Each session will be hosted live from one of six global locations: Adelaide – Australia, Doha – Qatar, Durham – USA, London – UK, Nantes – France, and Porto Alegre – Brazil.

Join us in as we travel the world, May 11-13, 2021.

Local Hosts & Organizers 

Luis Saraiva
Sidra Medicine Qatar
Doha Host

Maxime Mahe
Université de Nantes
Nantes Host

Irene Miguel-Aliaga
Imperial College London
London Host

Nick Spencer
Flinders University
Adelaide Host

Maya Kaelberer
Duke University
Durham Host
Eduardo Zimmer
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Porto Alegre Host
Diego Bohórquez
Duke University
Board Member & Founder

To submit a poster abstract click HERE!

Abstract submissions should include a title (120 characters max) and summary ( 150 words max). Deadline for submission is 11 April 2021.

For any inquiries, please email

May 11, 2021  
Doha, Qatar10:00am, GMT+2
Marcello Costa
Ana Domingos
Roisin Owens
Antonio Scialdone
History of enteric neurobiology
Guts on a chip
Math in plants: bioinformatics
Flinders University
Oxford University
Cambridge University
Helmholtz München
Scientific Entrepreneurship
led by Christof von KalleBIH-Charité Clinical Study
Nantes, France5:00pm, GMT+1
Judith Eisen
John Lukens
Alison Moore
Carlotta Rhonda
Giles Yeo
Gut neurons and microbes
Microbiome-immune crosstalk
Gut feelings in culture
Engineering microbes
Food Genomics
University of Oregon
University of Virginia
Western Sydney University
Columbia University
Cambridge University
May 12, 2021  
London, United Kingdom3:00pm, GMT
Layla Kamareddine
Ruslan Medzhitov
Ulrika Marklund
Nilay Yapici
Host-pathogen interactions
Food allergies
Gut neuron development
Neurobiology of ingestion
Qatar University
Yale University
Karolinska Institute
Cornell University
May 13, 2021  
Adelaide, Australia7:30am, GMT+8.5
Mauro Costa-Mattioli
Michael Huffman
Cheryl Nickerson
Marcelo Deitrich
Mood enhancing microbes
Self-medicating chimps
Gut disease in space
Ontology of feeding
Baylor College
Kyoto University
Arizona State University
Yale University
Panel: Fundingled by Nandini IyerDepartment of Defense
Durham, United States10:00am, GMT-5
Nancy Allbritton
Dana Small
Filipe de Vadder
Henrique Veiga-Fernandes
Microengineering the gut
The pleasure of food
Gut microbes and neurons
Diet, immunity, and the gut
University of Washington
Yale University
Genomics Institute Lyon
Science Communication
Led by Caitlin Vander WeeleNeuroscientist and
Social Media Specialist
Porto Alegre, Brazil1:00pm, GMT-4
Kara Margolis
Matthias Meier
Michel Neunlist
Dragana Rogulja
Charles Spence
Autism in the gut
Parkinson's in the gut
To sleep, or to eat
The future of food
Columbia University
University of Freiburg
Harvard University
Oxford University