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Nutrition-Gut-Brain Interactions Research Centre (NGBI)

Nutrition-Gut-Brain Interactions Research Centre (NGBI) was established as a multidisciplinary research- and innovation center during the spring of 2012. Our research aims is to gain unique competence on nutrition-microbe-gut-brain interactions, with a specific focus at common intestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel syndrome, and decreased gut function associated with ageing.

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Robert Jan Brummer

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  • Medicine

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  • Epidemiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Immunology
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition

Nutrition-Gut-Brain Interactions Research Centre (NGBI) was established as a multidisciplinary research- and innovation center during the spring of 2012. Our research aims is to gain unique competence on nutrition-microbe-gut-brain interactions, with a specific focus at common intestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel syndrome, and decreased gut function associated with ageing. There is a large unmet need regarding improved diagnosis, prevention and therapy in these disorders, which have disturbances of intestinal barrier and immune function in common. Major questions are related to how (e.g. by diet or administration of pre- and probiotics) when and in whom gut function can be improved by modification of the diet and/or the composition of the intestinal microbiota. The research in close collaboration with other groups also enables future innovations based on nutrition-microbe-gut-brain interactions in relation to psychological and physical stress handling, common disorders of brain function and behaviour, such as depression, autism and ADHD, known to be related to altered microbial composition of the gut and its function.

The competitive edge of the research group is its unique access to well-defined and clinically relevant cohorts and study populations, the use of minimally-invasive diagnostic and sampling techniques along the entire intestinal tract, the access to novel bio-molecular methods for the analysis of the intestinal microbiota, nutritional fermentation products and their functional potential, the functional brain imaging capacity as well as a true translational approach.

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