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13 August 2018

10 August 2018

Seven internationally renowned experts address the two hottest topics in science and medicine

Dr Joanna McMillan, as seen on ABC Catalyst’s ‘Gut Revolution’, is hosting ‘Brain & Biome’, a special public
event 6.30pm-9.30pm, Friday 17th August at the Brisbane Sofitel.
Consisting of seven, lightning TED-style talks, panel discussion and Q&A with the audience, Brain & Biome will
feature leading figures in neuroscience, psychoneuroendocrinology, nutrigenomics, positive psychology, and
  • Professor Michael Fenech - Preventing brain ageing with personalised nutritional genomics
  • Professor Felice Jacka - Food environment with implications for gut health for the human race
  • Professor Margaret Morris - How diet shapes us: microbiome, brain and beyond
  • Emeritus Professor John Tagg - Our indispensable microbial zoo - from birth, till death do us part
  • Professor Thomas Borody - ‘Trans-poosion’ effects on the brain of biome-related conditions
  • Doctor Darren Morton - Why a happy brain is good for you - for emotional vitality and physical health
  • Professor Zoltan Sarnyai - Stress and resilience - how the microbiome and brain talk to each other
Event host, Dr Joanna McMillan, says, “As a bit of a science nerd, I’m delighted to be hosting this event.
Hippocrates famously said, ‘All disease begins in the gut’, and modern science seems to agree. What is most
fascinating is the role that our resident microorganisms play, not just in keeping the gut itself healthy, but in
helping us to digest our food, regulating the immune system, impacting cholesterol and blood glucose control,
and even communicating with the brain.

It’s incredible to think that our own microbiome can have diverse effects on both physical and mental health,
playing a role in the management of serious diseases including diabetes, autoimmune disorders, allergies, food
intolerances, arthritis and depression.

We have a cracking line up of speakers who will share their expertise, discuss these connections and ultimately
help us to ensure we have a healthy gut and a healthy microbiome.”

Brain & Biome is part of the Lifestyle Medicine 2018 conference, convened by the Australasian Society of
Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM). Annually, the conference explores emerging science, innovative policy and the
clinical application of Lifestyle Medicine.

ASLM President and GP educator, Dr Sam Manger, says, “Brain & Biome will profile the cutting edge of medical
science, with the potential to inform health policy and provide new treatment options for a host of chronic
and lifestyle-related conditions, including dementia, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
We’re fortunate to have these seven world renowned scientists and educators all together on the one night.”
Date: Friday 17th August 2018
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Location: Ballroom Le Grand, Sofitel, 249 Turbot Street, Brisbane
More information and tickets at
Media passes available on request to
Drinks will be served on arrival however attendees are advised to have dinner beforehand because a meal will not be served.
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