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Contact Information

Department of Psychology

Horton Hall

Acadia University

18 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS

B4P 2R6

 

Child Research Inquiries

Email: probiotickids@gmail.com

WELCOME

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The gut is home to trillions of bacteria, both good and bad, which together form the gut microbiome. Good bacteria are referred to as probiotics and play a role in normal human development, digestion, body weight, nutritional status, brain functioning, and immune system regulation. It has been found that environmental factors including antibiotics, cesarean birth, illness, stress, and diet can disrupt the balance of bacteria in the microbiome and contribute to a variety of health problems, both mental and physical.

Probiotics and the Microbiome

Thank you for visiting Acadia University's Probiotics and Mental Health research site. On this website, you will find information about new and exciting research opportunities on the effects of probiotics. If you or your child are interested in participating in our research, please read the information on this website and feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. Click on the "participate" buttons for more information about specific studies and to take the eligibility questionnaire. We look forward to hearing from you!

Microbiome disturbances have been implicated in the development of autism and a variety of other mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression, through a connection labeled the "gut-brain axis". For example, there is a strong link between gastrointestinal disturbances and anxiety and depressed mood, which in turn are associated with disturbances of the gut microbiome. Disruptions in the development of a normal microbiome have been associated with alterations in stress reactivity that continue into later life. The high incidence of comorbidity between stress related psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety and depression, and gastrointestinal disorders is further evidence of this gut-brain relationship.

The Gut-Brain Relationship

 

Dr. Susan Potter

Primary Investigator

Tel: (902) 585-1220

Email: susan.potter@acadiau.ca

 

 

 

Adult Research Inquiries

Email: probiotics.study@gmail.com

Participate Adult

NOW ENROLLING ADULTS AND CHILDREN IN OUR PROBIOTIC STUDIES!

  • THE EFFECTS OF PROBIOTICS ON ANXIETY AND ADHD SYMPTOMS IN CHILDREN (AGE 6 TO 17 YEARS) 

  • THE EFFECTS OF PROBIOTICS ON SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY AND MOOD BALANCE IN ADULTS 

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