Intestinal Microbes and the Brain

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Dr. Arthur Vander will join the Ventura County Library at 5pm on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, to present a talk titled “Intestinal Microbes and the Brain in Health and Disease.”

This event will take place virtually via Zoom. To join, click this link at 5pm on November 4, or sign in to Zoom and enter Meeting ID 925 7032 2113, passcode "Library". For additional assistance, email

Recently there has been an explosion of research into the possibility that intestinal microbes (part of our microbiome) can exert important influences on the brain and other organs. Dr. Vander will describe some of the key experiments and conclusions involving these effects on specific diseases, including obesity, autism, and Parkinson’s Disease. He will also discuss what determines the composition of the intestinal microbiome, as well as the mechanisms by which it can alter the function of far-removed organs. 

After his M.D. from the University of Michigan in 1959 and his internship at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, Dr. Vander served on the faculty of the University of Michigan’s Department of Physiology from 1960 to 1990. He has published more than 100 research articles, several physiology textbooks for undergraduates and medical students, and a general audience book: Nutrition, Stress, and Toxic Chemicals. He has received numerous national and university awards and honors for both his teaching and research. 

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information or to learn how to join this event, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at (805) 218-9146 or Instructions for joining this event on Zoom can also be found on our online calendar at

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