Gut-Brain Axis: Impact of Nutrition on Cognition
Course Description:In this course, you’ll review a brief historical perspective of the “new” phenomenon of the gut-brain axis and gut microbiota; examine how the microbiota are acquired; and summarize the mechanisms for how nutrition can influence cognitive development via the gut-brain axis.
- Run Time: 48
Course Instructor Bio(s)
Lisa Renzi- Hammond, PhD
Dr Lisa Renzi-Hammond earned her BS, MS, and doctorate degrees in from the Psychology Department at the University of Georgia. While at the University of Georgia, Dr Renzi-Hammond specialized in visual neuroscience and neurological development and studied the ways in which implementing behavioral changes influences vision system function, as well as risk for acquired ocular and neurological diseases.
Dr Renzi-Hammond completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin as a member of three different disciplinary groups: the Center for Perceptual Systems, the Institute for Neuroscience, and the Nutrition Sciences Department. Dr Renzi-Hammond also served as a visiting scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Center on Ageing at Tufts University in Boston, MA, where she was a member of the Carotenoids in Health Laboratory.
Following her graduate and post-graduate training, Dr Renzi-Hammond returned to the University of Georgia as faculty, where she founded the Human Biofactors Laboratory and published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the topic of nutrition and visual and neurological function. She has presented this research in a wide variety of national and international venues. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the UGA College of Public Health, the UGA Neuroscience Program, and is adjunct faculty in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program in the Department of Psychology.
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