John F. Cryan, PhD,
"A Gut Feeling about the Brain: The Microbiome as a Key Regulator of Stress across the Lifespan"
John F. Cryan is Professor and Chair, Dept. of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University College Cork and serves on the University’s Governing Body. He is also a Principal Investigator in the APC Microbiome Institute. He received a B.Sc. (Hons) and PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. He was a visiting fellow at the Dept. Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Australia, which was followed by postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA and The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California. He spent four years at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in Basel Switzerland, as a Lab Head, Behavioral Pharmacology prior to joining UCC in 2005. Dr. Cryan's current research is focused on understanding the interaction between brain, gut and microbiome and how it applies to stress, psychiatric and immune-related disorders at key time-windows across the lifespan. Dr. Cryan has published over 340 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has an H-index of 73. He is a Senior Editor of Neuropharmacology and of Nutritional Neuroscience and an Editor of British Journal of Pharmacology. He is on the editorial board of a further 15 journals. He has edited three books including “Microbial Endocrinology: The Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis in Health and Disease” (Springer Press, 2014). He has received numerous awards including UCC Researcher of the Year in 2012; the University of Utrecht Award for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Research in 2013 and being named on the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher list in 2014.