The Gastrointestinal Tract and the Central Nervous System: Impacts on Behavior
Presented by Emeran A. Mayer, MD at the Fall 2012 Autism Research Institute Conference
Dr. Emeran Mayer is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Physiology and Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, and Executive Director of the NIH-funded UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Co-director of the CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center at UCLA. His career long interest in the role of the brain in health and chronic disease, and in the regulation of visceral function started with early studies in brain heart interactions, before focusing on the interactions between the brain and the digestive system. He has 20 years of experience in the study of clinical and neurobiological aspects of how the digestive system and the nervous system interact in health and disease. Over the span of his career, his research interests have included basic, translational and clinical aspects of brain gut and brain bladder interactions in health and disease. During the past 5 years, he has expanded his research interest to studying alterations in interoceptive mechanisms in various disorders of brain gut interactions, including inflammatory bowel disease, eating disorders (obesity and anorexia), anxiety disorders and autism.