How do intestinal bacteria affect Parkinson's disease?


About the research

Imagine if you could influence Parkinson's disease by altering the intestinal bacteria of patients? This may sound strange at first glance, but researchers have sufficient reason to believe that there is a link between intestinal flora and Parkinson's disease. Arnout Bruggeman (VIB - Ghent University) explains why in this video.

Arnout Bruggeman
UGent - VIB

Arnout Bruggeman studied medicine and is currently a neurologist-in-training at UZ Gent. He is committed to learn how the brain works by studying neurodegenerative diseases. More specifically, he is interested in how the gut can influence brain functioning via the so-called ‘gut-brain axis’. Arnout is conducting his PhD research at UGent and VIB to investigate the impact of gut flora on the onset, symptoms and progression of Parkinson’s disease.

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