Associate School of Neuroscience
2nd-6th August 2021
Faculty of Pharmacy, UiTM Puncak Alam Campus, Selangor Branch
Recent growing body of evidence on the Gut-Brain Axis has further linked potential factors of neurodegeneration to altered composition of gut microbiota
The global population of elderly aged > 60 is growing faster than all other younger age groups. Although it is interpreted by some as the unstoppable success story of global life expectancy, in reality, extended lifespan has also become a cause for concern especially with regard to the inevitable increased burden of late-life diseases, worsened quality of life and increased incidence of dementia and neurocognitive disorders amongst others. It is now known that gut microbiota homeostasis is crucial for healthy aging. The composition of gut microbiota changes over time and aging is characterised by a frail gut. Recent growing body of evidence on the Gut-Brain Axis has further linked potential factors of neurodegeneration to altered composition of gut microbiota. The fact that there are many neurons connecting the central nervous system (CNS) to the enteric nervous system (ENS) of the GIT (also known as the second brain) raises the possibility that changes in the microbiota may have diagnostic value, and thereby serve as a basis to design therapeutic approaches against neurological and neurodegenerative disorders.
Gut Microbiota and the Gut-Brain Connection: There is Science in Gut Feeling Afterall
What is the virtual IBRO-APRC Associate School of Neuroscience UiTM 2021 all about?
The virtual IBRO-APRC Associate School of Neuroscience UiTM 2021, which revolves around 3 sub-themes, will be conducted for 5 days. The sub-themes have been identified to provide both fundamental and translational knowledge of neurological disorders related research to all participants. Each sub-theme will be accompanied by talks, a short forum, a sharing session, skill development series, World Café (structured conversational process) and concurrent workshops. A mini symposium will be held for participants to showcase their research outcomes. A virtual excursion will be held on Day 5.
Who are eligible to apply?
Shortlisted associate schoolers who are young aspiring researchers of neuroscience or relevant research fields (MBBS, MSc, and Ph.D.) from the Asia Pacific region.