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How our gut microbes influence how we feel – bacterial metabolites and inflammation as mediators of human microbiota-affect relationships

Project description

Can gut bacteria influence our mood?

Emerging evidence suggests that gut microbiota communicate with the brain through various mechanisms including the production of short-chain fatty acids. Apart from regulating inflammation, this microbiota–gut–brain axis has raised the question whether it may also influence feelings and emotion-based responses. The EU-funded MoodBugs project proposes to investigate the association between specific microbiota profiles and mental health. By combining population-based and experimental mechanistic studies on healthy humans, researchers will elucidate how microbiota composition and function impacts stress and fear. MoodBugs will unveil the neural mechanisms underlying this association, with important consequences for mental health.

Host institution

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Net EU contribution
€ 1 769 600,00
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (2)

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 1 769 600,00
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
VIB VZW
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 230 400,00
Address
Rijvisschestraat 120
9052 Zwijnaarde - Gent

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen Arr. Gent
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00