Start Date :
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Calvin Park branch - KFPL
Brain Storm Speaker Series presents The Gut-Brain Axis: Fact
Kingston Frontenac Public Library is delighted to offer a new speaker
series, titled Brain Storm. Each month a student from the Centre for
Neuroscience Studies (CNS) at Queen’s University will speak about
their basic or applied research into the inner workings of the brain.
Basic research deals with both the healthy brain and the brain as
affected by traumatic events like stroke or concussion. Applied
research deals with the causes and treatments for various brain
disorders: neurodegenerative (like Alzheimer’s), neurodevelopmental
(like Autism Spectrum Disorder), and neuropsychiatric (like depression
and anxiety). The CNS combines both basic and applied research to
better understand our similarities and differences, and to learn how
to take advantage of each to achieve better brain health.
The first Brain Storm presentation will be on the Gut-Brain Axis:
Fact or Fiction. Just as the bacteria naturally present in our gut can
be affected by probiotic foods to improve our digestive health,
research is finding that gut microbes may also influence our mental
health. PhD student Caroline Wallace will explain how diet and
nutrition can affect symptoms of depression. An earlier version of
Caroline’s talk was a big hit at KFPL during Science Literacy Week
this past September.
This presentation will take place at the Calvin Park branch on
Wednesday, January 15 at 2 p.m. and is open to adults. There is no
admission charge, but seating is limited. To avoid disappointment,
please register in advance at calendar.kfpl.ca or by phone at (613)
549-8888 as of 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 4.