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Comparing the efficacy of encapsulated and non-encapsulated probiotics to affect brain function

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In progress


Julia Rode

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Given the role of the gut microbiota in inflammaging and age-related cognitive decline, there is great interest in investigating if manipulating gut microbiota composition impacts healthy aging. Thus far, few human studies have focused on probiotic supplementation in older adults diagnosed with a neurological disorder and even fewer have involved non-diagnosed, healthy older adults. Now, we are conducting a three-arm parallel double-blinded placebo-controlled probiotic intervention study in community-dwelling older adults to assess probiotic effects on brain function and cognition.

Contact person: Ashley Hutchinson, Julia Rode

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