Episode 6 of The Microbiome Podcast: The microbiome, autism, and serotonin production with Dr. Elaine Hsiao

The sixth episode of The Microbiome Podcast is now available. We had a great chat with Dr. Elaine Hsiao, a new professor at California Institute of Technology. Elaine was the first author on the seminal paper from 2013 that showed a connection in mice of the microbiome and autism spectrum disorder related behaviors. We talked with her about that work as well as more recent work that she published from her own laboratory describing the microbiomes role in regulating serotonin production.

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Below are more detailed show notes:

  • (2:20) Last week’s guests Erica and Justin Sonnenburg were featured in a New York Magazine article. Read the article
  • (3:48) The Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health launched a grand challenge titled Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering. Learn more
  • (6:22) uBiome launched a clinical laboratory. Read more
  • (7:56) Second Genome partnered with the University of Cork in Ireland to develop therapies for inflammatory bowel diseases. Read more.
  • (9:02) Dupont recently acquired Taxon Biosciences, a microbiome company. Read more
  • (11:15) A caller asked how long his microbiome would take to recover to it’s previous state after taking antibiotics. We based the answer on a paper by David Relman published in 2010. Read the paper.
  • (16:19) We start the interview with Elaine Hsiao. Check out her laboratory webpage.
  • (18:00) We talked with Elaine about her seminal paper on the microbiome and it’s possible connection to autism spectrum disorders. Read the paper.
  • (31:06) We talked with Elaine about her recent paper showing that gut bacteria are important for production of serotonin. Read the paper.

We will be back in two weeks with Drs. Eugene Chang and Vanessa Leone from the University of Chicago discussing how the microbiome may be involved in the complex relationship between disruptions to circadian rhythms and obesity. Please call in with any questions for Bill and David or for Drs. Chang and Leone to 518-945-8583. 

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