The role of microbiota in brain homeostasis during adulthood and in early life by Dr. Francesca Ronchi

In this webinar, Dr. Ronchi goes into depth about the development of the gut microbiota, outlining interesting findings such as which gateway typically hosts the highest microbial diversity and the precise role of the microbiota in health and organ development. She also explains the current research advancements on the gut-brain axis, its processes and how it may affect our behaviour, brain function, and mental health.

The current research she is undertaking at her laboratory is based on the following open questions about which she provides a detailed status update:

–      How does the intestinal flora affect the central nervous system (CNS) homeostasis?

–      Which are the pathways that are activated in response to bacterial exposure?

–      How could these pathways mediate the CNS homeostasis?


Dr. Ronchi is a Senior Researcher at the Department of BioMedical Research, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Bern. She graduated from postdoctoral Research. She dedicates to understanding how the intestinal microbiota shapes and educates the host Central Nervous System (CNS) immune responses in steady-state and inflammatory conditions, particularly during autoimmunity for translational research in the field of neuro-immunological diseases. Dr. Ronchi received a Biostime Institute for Nutrition and Care (BINC) grant under our funding program 2019 on “The role of microbiota in brain homeostasis during adulthood and early life.”