2018 Lawson Seminars

Thursday, April 26, 2018

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Room 103, Fitzgerald Building
(150 College Street)

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"Bacteria, Brain and Behaviour in Early Life"
John Bienenstock, CM, MD (Hon), FRCP, FRCPC, FRSC

Dr. John Bienenstock is internationally known as a physician and mucosal immunologist. He trained at King’s College, London and Westminster Hospital, London, U.K. He holds the title of Distinguished University Professor at McMaster University, an Honorary MD (Goteborg, Sweden), is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Member of the Order of Canada and is an inductee into The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. He is the Founding Director of the McMaster Brain-Body Institute at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, a former Chair of Pathology and subsequently Dean and Vice-President of the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University. Dr. Bienenstock has served as the President of the Canadian Society of Immunology, the Society of Mucosal Immunology and the Collegium Internationale Allergologicum. He has published more than 500 peer reviewed articles and other publications and has an H-index of 86. He has authored, edited and co-edited 10 books on mucosal immunology and allergy. He has supervised some 60 post doctoral fellows and 10 doctoral students. His current main areas of interest are mechanisms of action of commensal bacteria on the nervous system and behaviour and in various models of inflammation.

"Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis in Adolescence"
Karen-Anne McVey Neufeld, PhD

Dr. Karen-Anne McVey Neufeld is a senior postdoctoral fellow at the Brain-Body Institute at McMaster University/St Joseph’s Healthcare. She obtained her PhD from McMaster University and her work was the first to show behavioural changes in mice raised in the total absence of colonizing bacteria, highlighting the importance of the microbiota in normal brain function. She continued as a postdoctoral fellow both at McMaster and the University College Cork in Ireland, where she focussed on the role of the microbiota-gut-brain axis in brain development and pathogenesis of psychiatric disease. Dr. McVey Neufeld is particularly interested in animal models of early life adversity and stress occurring during critical windows of neurodevelopment such as early postnatal life and adolescence. She holds a joint CIHR/CAG fellowship.