The Gut-Brain Connection
During the previous several years, numerous research outcomes have indicated that their exists a significant two-way interaction between the brain and the gut microbiome that impact general health, cognition, mood & behavior. The 2020-21 Annual Theme encourages all chapters to consider developing chapter activities such as hosting public speakers, brain awareness week activities, journal club discussions or any other programming activities related to this theme. If needed, virtual (online) as well as in-person events and activities are eligible for support.
Chapters are encouraged to submit applications for funds to support such activities via our competitive Chapter Activity Grant Program. The recipients of these awards will receive $300 to support their program initiatives. Applications for funding may be found on the Nu Rho Psi Awards and Grants page.
The deadline for submission of applications is October 1, 2020 (closed)
NOTE: Do to the COVID-19 challenges and the decision to cancel the 2020 SfN Meeting in Washington DC, Nu Rho Psi is planning a Virtual on-line member meeting and social, tentatively secluded for October 22 (7:00PM-8:30PM EST) (Expired).
The keynote speaker will be Susan Erdman, Ph.D.. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Gut Microbes and the Brain: Paradigm Shift in Neuroscience – Mayer et al. (2014) The Journal of Neuroscience, 2014 Nov 12; 34(46): 15490–15496.
- How Our Microbes Make Us Who We Are – TED Talk: Rob Knight (Lab Website)
- American Psychological Association – Gut Bacteria Can Influence Your Mood, Thoughts, and Brain
- Opiate Addition and the Microbiome: Depletion of the Microbiome Changes How the Brain Responds to Opioids
Share your chapter’s Resources with Others!
Are you a NRP Chapter Advisor? Share information regarding your chapter’s initiatives related to the annual theme with your Regional VP on the Nu Rho Psi Council.
UPDATE: Nu Rho Psi’s first virtual Member Meeting & Social was a success! Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and congratulations to this year’s award winners (see below). We would also like to announce the 2021-2022 National Theme, voted on by those in attendance at the member meeting: The Neuroscience of Identity and Bias.