The gut-brain connection is now well-established. It’s a two-way information super-highway between your gut and your brain which is how these two organs communicate about their state and what to do next. The gut microbiome is also now understood. It’s the colony of bacteria, viruses, and micro-nutrients that inhabit your intestines and determine the state …
Mirjam Bloemendaal, PhD
Mirjam Bloemendaal, PhD is a trained neuropsychologist with a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
During her PhD she set up intervention studies on the role of dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for inter-cell communication, in cognitive functions, specifically in healthy aging. In this period she got intrigued by the influence of nutrition and gut microbiota on brain neurochemistry and associated cognitive functioning.
She is currently involved in various intervention studies tapping into the gut-immune-brain axis. This allows her to incorporate various biological measures (immune markers, gut microbial composition, dietary habits) to explain cognitive functioning.