Christina Ramelow — EWU McNair alum, recent EWU Biology Master’s graduate and current neuroscience PhD student at Emory — publishes research with Dr. Javier Ochoa in Frontiers in Immunology

McNair Scholar Christina Ramelow; Master's in Science, and current neuroscience PhD student at Emory

Dr. Javier Ochoa-Reparaz; EWU biology faculty and research mentor for Christina Ramelow

A Gut Feeling: The Importance of the Intestinal Microbiota in Psychiatric Disorders

Congratulations to McNair Scholar Christina Ramelow and her faculty research mentor Dr. Javier Ochoa-Reparaz, who along with EWU graduate student Lloyd Kasper recently published an article in Frontiers in Immunology: Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology. 

Here's an excerpt from the introduction:


"Charles Darwin kept a diary where he would annotate feelings and symptoms, often describing his trouble with the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and anxiety (1). In one of his letters to his medical advisors, he noted the “nervousness” when his wife Emma would depart that would trigger “intensely acid, slimy (sometimes bitter) vomit”. ...


... "Is there a scientific basis for the adage, “my gut tells me?” Reading Darwin’s notes, one would consider that emotions and GI tract functions are directly connected. As the most recent works demonstrate, the intestinal tract is home for a heterogeneous microbial ecosystem dominated by bacteria but also comprised of viruses, archaea, and other eukaryotic microorganisms" ...


To read the full article, click this here: A Gut Feeling


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